Friday, August 06, 2010

Sepia Saturday 35 : Fowler Found


You may remember that a few weeks ago I was trying to identify my mothers' Uncle Fowler Beanland from his postcard and photograph collection. The rather hit and miss method I was using was to identify which face appeared most frequently in the photographs and assume that this might be the elusive Fowler B. I had hoped that I might be able to get the new version of Picasa to do the job for me - it has rather neat facial recognition software built in - but I never quite worked out how to do this. But, the problem is solved. Today I can launch a picture of Fowler to the world. Exclusive. Fowler is found.

Whilst sorting through some junk yesterday I found the old album his postcard collection had originally been kept in. About twenty years ago I took the postcards out of the crumbling dog-eared album in order to protect them and I just assumed that I had taken them all out. But on carefully examination it appears that I had left a few in place as they had been glued to the inside cover of the album. One is a handwritten note which sets out the origin of both the collection and the album.


The other is the picture of the proud, solid, gritty, flat-capped Yorkshire man which appears at the head of this post. Surely this must be Fowler himself. Surely Fowler has been found.

Having found Fowler you can join me in finding all the other Sepia Saturday 35 posts by following the links on the SEPIA SATURDAY BLOG.

24 comments:

  1. He doesn't look like the sort of man who would get lost, Alan. Glad he decided to turn up eventually. What adventures he's probably had along the way!

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  2. What a wonderful looking man.....great photo.....glad you "found" Fowler. I love your posts.

    By the way, Alan, you inspired my most recent blog and I tried to pay tribute to you on it.....you might enjoy a look.

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  3. Hooray! Fowler is found! Now you get the fun of matching that face up with all the other faces in the collection to place him in all the group photos. Good luck!

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  4. Wonderful name for a wonderful looking man. He looks really twinkly and kind beneath that gritty exterior.

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  5. Fowler has been found and by the looks of his photo appears to be on a mission and likely never thought himself lost! It is great to discover faces matching names. This week I have a mystery.

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  6. Is there a Fowler Beanland Fan Club yet? I'm ready to join. I can imagine so many great t-shirt possibilities, bumper stickers, coffee mugs etc.

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  7. What a wonderful photo, he looks like a man of character. I am so happy that I found Sepia Saturday and I thank you for your warm welcome and kind words on my blog.

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  8. How exciting to finally put a face with that great name. Fowler looks to be a combination of stately and comfortable, with a C. S. Lewis kind of look!

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  9. I have to tell you the first thing I thought of when seeing this photo was Walter Cronkite. Being in England you most likely have no idea who Cronkite was, but to those of us in the States he was the voice of reason each night on the news. I'm imagining Uncle Fowler had many of the same qualities that made Cronkite so dear.

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  10. So glad you found Fowler!

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  11. I'm glad you finally found him. He really looks worth finding. He looks like he has a lot of stories to tell.

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  12. Oh how wonderful he is found. When I first started working on genealogy the folks I was working with told me."The really want to be found." Keep looking. I did and found my husband's family, even though my FIL called himself an orphan. He is a fine looking man.
    QMM

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  13. A fine figure of a man, your Fowler!

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  14. That is an absolutely remarkable, revealing portrait of a man. Well done, Alan!

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  15. He looks like a "Fowler" Proud and proper. So nice to have found those little extras hidden in the album.

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  16. Congratulations, Alan! I like how he's looking directly at the camera, confident and purposeful in his stride. Did your mother tell you stories about him or about his personality? I hope you'll tell us a little about the man with the unusual name.

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  17. He reminds me a bit of my grandfather, Horace. Something about the traditional names is just so stately. However, we have the corner on the market of H names - Horace, Herman, Hynson and a few others that will likely never see the light of day again. :-) I like Fowler a lot.

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  18. Fowler looks nonchalant about being found. Hard to read that look! Isn't it fun to know that we still have hidden treasures to find? -j

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  19. A Fowler Found! Digital hide&seek! I must say, he has a purposeful stride on him!

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  20. A distinguished looking gentleman.

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  21. laughing at Martin's comment. :)

    Yea! Celebrating with you, Alan. What a handsome man, too! We're all happy that Uncle Fowler has been found! Wish I could have seen your face when you looked one more time through that empty old album! :)

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  22. He puts me in mind of my grandad, with his flat cap and pipe!

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  23. good work, sherlock!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  24. How wonderful that you found a photo of Fowler. One mystery put to rest. Now to decide which of the men he is in the bowling photo.... What do you know about his personality? He looks very determined.

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