Wherein I delight in someone else’s mistake

Not really. But it’s always a nice surprise when I’m not the one who erred.

In Pender Turnbull’s collection this shot turned up, neatly labeled on the back “Professors at the Sallyport, ca 1913-14”:

My friends, this is simply incorrect! The dating is right but those are not faculty, those are students. Furthermore, we’ve seen those same students before, just about a year ago. I bet you’re too busy to click on that link, so here’s the photo:

The tipoff for me was the totally characteristic stance of the guy in the middle, Elmer Shutts, ’16. He was the manager for several of the early athletic teams so I’ve seen many, many pictures of him standing up. Then I noticed the sort of bucket hat on the other guy and realized I’d seen it before. These two pictures must have been taken on the same day. I bet the third fellow was the photographer up on top of the Administration Building.

In an even more pleasant turn of events, I recognized the handwriting on the back of the picture so I know who made the mistake! Not telling, though. (And not a Woodson staff person either!)

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6 Responses to Wherein I delight in someone else’s mistake

  1. Blame Radoslav A. Tsanoff. I have no idea if he was even around, it’s just fun to say “Radoslav A. Tsanoff.”

  2. Leoguy says:

    I suppose “apologies will be issued” soon.

  3. Lauren says:

    Blame Tsanoff! I feel a new Woodson-related meme coming on!

  4. Deborah Gronke Bennett says:

    A whole blog entry about Dr. Tsanoff would be interesting.

  5. Barney L. McCoy says:

    Don’t blame Tsanoff, he was always accurate and his lectures always contained the obvious love of learning. Curiously, when he wrote on the blackboard in English the letters looked Greek and you had to look at each word carefully. Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67

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