posted on Sep, 3 2012 @ 11:35 PM
In case anyone is still interested in this thread...I can add a bit to the story. I spend lots of time in the summer in the Bralorne/Goldbridge area,
and have visited the museum many times. Yesterday (Sunday Sep 2 2012) I saw the original photo and spoke with the ladies who run the museum. They
are nice women who have not the slightest idea of how to photoshop anything...by their own admission, answering emails is a bit high-tech for them.
They are somewhat bemused at all the attention given to them and the photo; yes, they admit the guy does look out of place but they are absolutely,
100% sure there is no photoshopping or other manipulation of the photo. In fact, the picture that appeared on the museum's virtual website was from
a photocopy of the original; they weren't aware that they had the original photo until the Russian team found it in an album in their archives.
Since the photo went viral in 2010 they have received phone calls and emails from all over the world. Many of the callers have upset them by angrily
denouncing them as hoaxters.
One recent visitor to the museum recognized the logo on the shirt as the old logo for the Bank of Montreal. Apparently, the bank would issue shirts
to employees each year; and there was a branch of the B of M in Bralorne in those days. The ladies are trying to find a photo of a shirt from the
40's to compare the design.
They also mentioned another person in the photo, standing to the man's left (or your right looking at the photo). The woman beside him is Margaret
"Ma" Murray, who was the publisher of the Bridge River/Lillooet Times newspaper. She would have been there to cover the opening of the new bridge,
and likely would have brought her photographer with her. Since the man is holding what appears to be an Agfa camera, is it possible he was the staff
photographer. Again, the museum is trying to confirm the presence of Ma Murray's photographer at the event and to determine his name.
So, to summarize: the photo is legit; it was taken at the opening of the new bridge leading to the town of Goldbridge in 1941. The original photo
currently resides at the Bralorne museum a few minutes up the road from the bridge and has definitely not been tampered with or photoshopped.
I'll be back up in that area again next summer and, if there's anything new to add, I'll post it here.