posted on Mar, 24 2010 @ 03:45 PM
Originally posted by ucalien
reply to post by JustJoe
The guy is most certainly out of place for the 40s...Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure sunglasses were not as popular back then and most likely
would have had a more regular glasses look, as in like a pair of spectacles. Plus he is wearing a shirt with a screen print on it.
Someone has pointed out the "logo" in his t-shirt, but IMO isn't a logo, is most likely a letter embroidered in the tissue. That's why I left it
away of this discussion.
While it all looks new to anyone born after 1970 or so, to anyone born before that time, there is nothing at all unusual about the photo. The
artifacts you see are part of the film process (not as good as today) and the medium (black and white, high contrast) and the camera.
The 'wings' on the eyeglasses are the shadows on the guy's face. Look at the other shadows on his face -- very dark. And no, playing with the
contrast on this one won't help because of the very strong contrast on the photo (deliberately chosen so it would reproduce well in a newspaper.
News photos are higher contrast than polaroid/hobbyist photos.)
The "logo" on his shirt *IS* embroidered. He's a varsity letterman, and that's a "letter sweater."
The camera is the right size and shape for an upper end hobbyist camera (a semi-serious photographer.
The watch is a modern object... given that the Chinese are notorious for faking fossils and other things (big howl in the paleontological news and in
the archaeological news and art world when this faking came to light a few years ago), I'm going to vote for induced patina and "planted" or
Grave goods in a tomb (which is fairly climate controlled) don't deteriorate THAT quickly. Take a look at gold work from Egyptian tombs (thousands
of years older) or metal work (the gold jaguars) from MesoAmerica.
Plus, silver turns black (oxydizes) and doesn't get that color. Gold doesn't develop a patina like that at all. Bronze will turn greenish. The
patina's all wrong for a metal object that's only 400 years old.