This week’s Mystery Photo is like many hundreds of the negatives in the Observer-Reporter archives from the 1940s that lack any identification. Many of these photos, taken by local commercial photographers (before the newspapers hired their own shooters), were published in either the morning Observer or the afternoon Reporter, or both, but some were not. And those that did make it to print are so difficult to find on microfilm because there are no dates on the negatives.
It was not until the mid-1950s that Observer Publishing Co. began cataloging images by subject and date.
The only thing we know about today’s picture is that it was taken in the late 1940s. It could be that the two youngsters are junior king and queen for some dairy association or county fair. We’d like to know who the kids are, who took the photo, when it was taken and for what purpose. We’d also like to track down the two children and find out what they’ve been doing for the past 65-or-so years.
If you recognize the pair or can help us in any other way, email Park Burroughs, retired executive editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message for him with your telephone number by calling 724-222-2200, extension 2400.
We hope to be able to solve this mystery and publish our findings next Monday.