This page is about a post card I have had for about 20 years which I bought for 20 cents at a market. It was a weird kind of post card - it clearly has 'post card' on the back and looks old, but there is no description on the front or back, save a stamped name and address, which is probably the photographer. Is this the photographer's house? Or a client's house?
I used the page and style of the challenge to show how I went about investigating this post card further, what I discovered, and how I know a little more, but still not enough.
I used Harry Potter style shoe prints to get from 'step' to 'step' and tried to capture the feel of the inspiration from CSI. I wonder 'why' too many times a day, and this is one of those.
|Gilfillan Mystery Jan 2018 - CSI #246|
Item one : "I got this post card at a market years ago. I loved the spooky feel, and the white dog at the front door. I never knew anything more about it. But I kept it."
Item two: "At Christmas I decided to find out what I could about it and how old it is. There was this 'stamped' address on the back - G Gilfillan, 49 Lawrence Street, Glasglow' "
Item three : "I went to Google Maps and typed in the address. However, there is a huge block of buildings at that address now, unlike the postcard house."
"Item four : "I tried the Gilfillan surname - and I discovered a number of Gilfillan photographers from early 1800's to 1900's in Scotland. But the only 'G Gilfillan' I could find was Rev George Gilfillan a poet and writer. I suspect my 'Gilfillan' must be one of the descendants of the photographers. But is my post card before 1850 or after it?"
"Item five : although the addresses do not match, it could still be a photograph by a descent or pre-decessor. But is this the house of Gilfillan, or a client's house?"
"Item six : I did discovered there were lots of photographers in Scotland and England in the early Victorian era. The same name was also established in the USA with a judge, and a massacre of that name."
"Item seven : I always thought the white dog was waiting for its master, but after scanning the picture into the computer I realised there is a figure standing behind the dog in the shadows. So both are only watching the photographer."
Item eight : "I don't know if I'll ever know the truth... but I still love my post card!"
|CSI challenge - #248|
|I won joint Star Witness for this page Jan 2018. woo hoo!|