UPDATE 2 !(9/8/09)
Robin and I have been comparing the 2nd gent to his brother, pictured here. The hair is definitely the same, but it's hard to tell since his face would have filled out quite a bit since the first picture. The first photo was taken at the same time as Edwin's grainy one (have I mentioned lately that I really want a scan of the original to these photocopied photos?). It's not as obvious as Edwin's picture, but still a possibility?
My cousin Robin figured out who the top guy is! It's my great grandfather's youngest brother Edwin William Waits. The only other photo I have is that really grainy one that's a scan of a photocopy. Good eyes, Robin!! Now figure out who his friend is! lol!
The 1900 census shows Edwin in Seward NE. In 1917/1918, he registered for the draft for WWI, but I haven't seen anything that shows that he enlisted. His draft card shows that he was working for the Union Pacific Railroad as a machinists helper and was married.
I'm still dying to know what's written on the back of that photo, though. I think I'll take everyone's advice and take it to a professional! Thanks for all of the feedback!! =)
This photo has driven me mad since I first saw it. I really stands out against the photos of farms and farmers that it was mixed in with.
Who are these guys? I can only assume that they're either from the WAIT or FLEMING sides of my family since that's the photo album I found them in. I can see a bit of family resemblence between the two of them, especially their noses and ears... but their eyes and mouths and hair are completely different. When was the photo taken? My guess is some time in the 1800s. How old are they? Late teens? Early 20s? What's with the fur coat? I haven't come across anyone in my tree yet who lived anywhere that a fur coat was warranted or practical. Not to mention affordable! The guy on the bottom is wearing a turtleneck and what looks like a wool pea coat? They certainly took great care in their appearance... it's almost like they knew I'd be staring at this picture for hours and they wanted to look their best. What sort of event would warrant a photo like this to be taken?
Look at the back of the same photo. There's black scrapbook paper glued to it from where it was taken out of a photo album, but you can tell there's something written underneath it. Argh! Not to mention that part of the word on the left was cropped off when they trimmed the photo. It looks like "Ed" and what looks like the beginning of a capital "W" to me. At the end of the last word is definitely "tt"... what's the letter they're connected to... "a"... "i".... something like that? Or am I just imagining things because I subconsciously want their last name to be Wait or some version of that. Was this photo originally in a frame? When were these postcards available? Could this have been a reprint on post card stock or is this the original photo? I think I saw some sort of solution in a scrapbooking store once that was used specifially for dissolving the glue on pictures like this, but I would be more afraid of ruining it than anything.
If anyone has any guesses or advice on this photo, please comment away!