Mystery Photo No. 69

August 24, 2014

Sometime, probably in the late 1940s or early 1950s, these two young people started out on a life together. The bride and groom, in his military uniform, stood in the living room of what we presume is a Washington-area home holding the top of their wedding cake.

This was one of nearly 200 images donated to the Observer-Reporter’s archive by Wheeling writer and photographer Jim Thornton, who made them from 4-by-5-inch negatives he found at a flea market. We earlier published two others from the collection as Mystery Photos, hoping to identify the photographer who took them, but so far have had no luck.

We’re hoping that some of our readers might be able to identify the couple, recall the day they were united and possibly lead us to the identity of the person who took the picture.

The photo was taken in winter, we know, because there are Christmas decorations on the mantel. The room is distinctive, with dancing-girl wall decoration and a piano in one corner. A child’s baby doll lies next to the telephone on the desk.

If you think you recognize the couple or the home, email Park Burroughs, retired executive editor, at, or call and leave a message for him along with your telephone number at 723-222-2200, extension 2400. With a little luck and help from our readers, we will be able to solve this puzzle and publish our findings next Monday.



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