I had a very similar experience to this at the end of the eighties, regarding a lookalike, doppelganger photo.
In the middle eighties I used to live in an area called the Black Country in the West Midlands, UK. That particular area is called the Black Country
because that is where a great deal of the industrial revolution began, therefore loads of smog and soot is from where the area got it's name.
In the eighties between 1984 and 1987 I used to play in a band, all the members of the band used to perform wearing 1920's and 1930's clothing, I
was the only member of the band who used to wear a bowler hat. I am instantly recognisable, not because of my bowler hat, but because of my build,
face etc. For those people out there who know what a person with Acromegaly looks like and their characteristics, then you will know what I am talking
about, we are normally sighted and whispered about within seconds of getting on a bus or entering a room, that's how much we stand out.
Anyway, in the Black Country area there is a weekly paper called The Black Country Bugle. The Black Country Bugle is a weekly paper that looks at
years gone by in history from around the local area. Every week there are old black and white photographs that people send into the paper to be
published along with a particular story to run alongside it. On this particular week in about 1986 there was a photo published on the front cover of
the BCB that was taken in 1919. The photo was of a cricket match that was taken alongside a band stand where a band were sitting with their brass
instruments and people standing around watching the game of cricket.
But this is where the photo became interesting....Slap bang in the centre of the photo, and looking straight into the lens of the camera and smiling,
was me. When I say it was me, it really was the spit of me. I was dressed in the clothes of the day and was wearing a bowler hat, the person had my
face, my stature and even stood in the same way as what I do.
I wasn't even aware of this photo being published until I got a phone call from a friend asking me how I managed to be part of photograph from 1919
and wearing the clothes that I was wearing and performing in as part of my band attire. People I bumped into over the next few weeks kept commenting
how they had seen me on the front of the newspaper and asking if it really was me. To this day I still do not know who that person was and why they
looked like me. I still have the paper clipping in my mothers loft in England somewhere. I now live in Australia, but when I get the chance I will try
and get the photo from 1919 and post it alongside a band picture of me from 1986, the resemblance is totally uncanny.....
I actually remember the next band rehearsal we had after the photo was in the BCB. We all sat round staring at it in amazement, not really knowing how
it was possible......