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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Winter Quarters: 1864

Winter Quarters: 1864

1864-65. "13th New York Heavy Artillery, Winter Quarters, Petersburg, Va." Wet plate glass negative, Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

My Gosh...

The taller of the two men leaning on the tree is me! At least when I was in my 20s. Possibly my great-grandfather, who was, I believe, a New Yorker and would have been about that age.

Addendum: There was a Pvt. Frederick L. Knapp in Co.A and a Caleb Knapp in Co.G. Since my grandfather was Fred C. Knapp (b. 1875), I'd say there's a fair chance that my doppleganger is Fred L.

Later: found that Fred L. died in 1908 "with no closer relation than a cousin" so apparently not GGrandpop. Don't know about Caleb.

The resemblence really is astonishing, though: I called my wife over to take a look and she said "Why'd you do that?" assuming I'd Photoshopped an old picture of myself into the image.

Didn't know where to put this comment, but...

Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

http://photogrammar.yale.edu/

 
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