No, this week’s Mystery Photo is not a pitch for AFLAC, the insurance company that uses a duck in all its television advertisements. But it was a promotion of some kind, and judging by what can be read on these children’s printer’s hats, it was probably publicizing a campaign by this newspaper’s classified advertising department: “kiddie want ads,” whatever they might have been.
What the duck had to do with it is a mystery to us, as are the identities of the two kids and when the photo was taken.
Maybe some of our readers can help us solve this puzzle and perhaps put us in touch with the adults these kids became. If you think you know who they are, email Park Burroughs, retired executive editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call and leave a message for him along with your telephone number at 724-222-2200, extension 2400. With a little assistance, we’ll be able to solve this puzzle and publish our findings next Monday.
By the way, those printer’s hats were often worn by pressmen, who made them by folding a single page of the newspaper. But that was when the newspaper page was much wider. The width of the paper has been reduced greatly over the years, and although the hats can still be made, they come out rather small – a good fit for the duck, but not the kids.