Photo Mystery Monday: November 2, 2015

This is one in a series of posts inviting our users to learn how to get the most information out of historic photos. We’ll post a new photo mystery every Monday, and then follow up with more information about the image on Friday. Get the conversation started by commenting on the blog and sharing it with your friends and family.

What people, objects and activities do you notice? What year do you think this is? Let us know in the comments! Don’t be afraid to state the obvious. Noticing details can lead to greater insight. What can these details tell you about life in Florida at the time the photo was taken?

Try an artist’s trick. Divide the photo into four quadrants and study each section. What new details do you see? Based on what you have observed, what can you infer from this photograph? What questions do you have?

Come back on Friday when we will update the post with more identifying information!


For Teachers: Photo interpretation is a great critical thinking activity for students. The Photo Analysis Worksheet from the National Archives lets you use any photo as an opportunity to analyze primary source documents.

UPDATE: No-Shave November!

Just in time for Movember, this photo from 1959 shows a man without a beard being “punished” for fun due to his lack of facial hair. As Nancy Holaday noted, some of the men are smiling, including the beardless man.

Claude Kenneson observed that the men were wearing buttons, and Betty Dees on Facebook noticed a George Clooney look alike on the left.


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8 thoughts on “Photo Mystery Monday: November 2, 2015

  1. In 1956, my hometown held a Diamond Jubilee celebration in honor of 75 years of incorporation. An organization called Brothers of the Brush was formed and all the local men grew beards and wore hats and ties like those in the photos. My guess is that is what is going on here and the fellow being carried broke the law by shaving, and is being carted off to a mock jail set up in a public place.

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