Mystery Photo No. 46

October 20, 2013

This week’s Mystery Photo is an image made from a misplaced negative in the Observer-Reporter archive. We don’t know who these young people are or where the photo was taken, and we’d certainly like to find out.

We do have a pretty good idea, however, why the picture was taken. On the trophies in their hands are what appear to be the masks of tragedy and comedy – symbols of the theater.

And we can guess from the clothing styles the awards were presented in the early 1970s.

Perhaps these four were stars on their high-school stage, and – who knows? – maybe they shared some personal drama.

If you can identify these thespians, and help us learn where they are today, email Park Burroughs, retired executive editor, at, or call and leave a message for him along with your telephone number at 724-222-2200, extension 2400.

With a little luck and assistance from our readers, we’ll be able to solve this puzzle and publish our findings next Monday.

Photo update: Sue Priest, retired librarian of Citizens Library, wrote in response to last week’s Mystery Photo. “I am almost positive that the picture was NOT taken at Citizens. In 1970, the children’s department was on the main floor where the fiction is now located. There were two corners where shelves met, one was on the wall with the windows, clearly not compatible with the picture. The other was on the wall separating the main library from the meeting room, and that wall has only three or four rows of shelves before the doorway into the meeting room. In addition, it looks as if the wall is cinder block. Definitely not true for Citizens. Since the library was opened in the mid-1960s, none of this fits with a 1970 date. My guess is that it would have been taken in a school or church library.”



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