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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-16-2004 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was found in a 1900 Gorham catalog. I can’t fathom why Gorham would include this guy in their catalog unless he was well known. Any ideas as to who he is or why they would include such a scarey looking guy? Maybe Grandfathers looked much different in those days. biggrin

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KillerChihuahua

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iconnumber posted 10-18-2004 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KillerChihuahua     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it Jabez Gorham? Or his father?

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iconnumber posted 10-18-2004 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If they were selling a silver decorated frame, maybe it was just a humorous filler for the frame?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-18-2004 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The more I look at him the more I think he must be a famous actor in character.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 10-19-2004 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that it's probably an actor in character. (Surely it isn't Santa caught off-guard?)

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heatherjanemcc

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2004 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heatherjanemcc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An allusion to Father Time, in keeping with the oak leaf and acorn theme? My feeling is that the image is meant to indicate to customers the sort of photograph that would be appropriate--an aged or venerable relative--to a frame with this iconography. Oak: wisdom, strength, longevity, etc.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2004 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could this be a poet? Like, the one who wrote a lot of Quaker literature? Seems to me that he might be someone known to Victorian audiences.

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Patrick Vyvyan

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2004 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very elderly Walt Whitman perhaps?

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heatherjanemcc

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iconnumber posted 10-30-2004 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heatherjanemcc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott, what does the caption say? Are other frames illustrated with other folks' images in the same catalogue?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-30-2004 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Sterling Silver Frame, Velvet Backing"

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KillerChihuahua

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iconnumber posted 11-09-2004 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KillerChihuahua     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I don't know about the Who, but Why? Might be humor... might also be to make the shopper think "Gee, Uncle George (or Mom or Me or whoever) would look soooo much better in that frame!"
and it might also be that his expression of surprise (horror?) draws one's attention. It got yours, didn't it?

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iconnumber posted 11-09-2004 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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