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Mysterious 1870s Wis. photo sparks jokes
Associated Press ^ | January 5, 2007 | Robert Imrie

Posted on 01/05/2007 6:52:48 AM PST by SpringheelJack

WAUSAU, Wis. - Who is that mysterious, elegant man? And why is he sitting on a dead horse? Such are some of the questions sparked by a black-and-white photograph taken in Sheboygan between 1876 and 1884 that has led to nationwide curiosity, speculation and jokes.

"It is just a funny picture," Prescher said. "He is sitting on there with a top hat like he had somewhere special to go and his horse just croaked in the middle of the road."

No one knows who the gentleman is, exactly what year the picture was taken or the circumstances surrounding it, said Beth Dipple, director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, which has had the picture in its collection for at least 20 years.

Some of the ideas for what the picture depicts include the thoughtful — it was staged for a political campaign perhaps related to sanitation issues — to the bizarre — the horse is being helped to relieve "excess flatulence."

A Web site sponsored a contest for readers to write the best caption for the photo and about 100 were submitted, including: "Lay still old girl, FEMA's on the way."

Dipple said about all that's known about the picture is it was taken at South Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue between 1876 and 1884 — based on the bridge over the Sheboygan River in the background and the lack of railroad tracks that were installed in 1884.

The city had laws on the books that required people to stay with their dead horses until they were picked up and disposed of, Dipple said.

"Who knows why somebody would take a picture of it?" she said. "People had weird senses of humor then just like they do now."

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1 posted on 01/05/2007 6:52:49 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: SpringheelJack

This photo is a fake! Where is Tourist Guy or Katrina Guy?


2 posted on 01/05/2007 6:56:07 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: SpringheelJack

Guess you really do know when you hit the end of the road.


3 posted on 01/05/2007 6:56:19 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: SpringheelJack

Is that a gallows in the backgroud?


4 posted on 01/05/2007 6:56:35 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: SpringheelJack

Congressional RINO's give up House and Senate after repeatedly whipping dead horse.....news at 11.

5 posted on 01/05/2007 6:58:41 AM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: SpringheelJack
Who is that mysterious, elegant man? And why is he sitting on a dead horse?

Waiting for the tow truck from the AHA?

6 posted on 01/05/2007 6:59:18 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: SpringheelJack

Here in Iowa, there's still a law on the books prohibiting people from having dead horses that are "dripping and seeping" from being on their property after a certain amount of time. I guess the neighbors objected.


7 posted on 01/05/2007 6:59:23 AM PST by Ilky Hucktar
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Since Wisconsin abolished the death penalty in 1858 I think its safe to assume its not a gallows.


8 posted on 01/05/2007 7:00:37 AM PST by Timedrifter
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To: SpringheelJack

Maybe the horse had a Ford transmission.


10 posted on 01/05/2007 7:02:02 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: SpringheelJack

"A gentleman will fit in anywhere."


11 posted on 01/05/2007 7:03:05 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: SpringheelJack
The city had laws on the books that required people to stay with their dead horses until they were picked up and disposed of, Dipple said.

That's the explanation, but it doesn't explain why that became law.

12 posted on 01/05/2007 7:03:08 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: FrPR

Yes, but they hardly ever smile in these pics. It IS an odd picture. I'm sure PETA and the rest of the left will have a huge complaint about it.


13 posted on 01/05/2007 7:03:19 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: SpringheelJack; Sam Cree; Republicanprofessor; Joe 6-pack

Sort of an art ping.


14 posted on 01/05/2007 7:04:02 AM PST by iceskater (One person's mess is another person's filing system.)
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To: SpringheelJack

all I know is that once you have been in the same space with a dead horse, you never forget the smell. In fact, it takes a couple of days before you can get the smell out of your hair and skin and clothes. I arrived at the stables where we had our daughter's horse boarded and an old old horse had died during the night. Oh my gosh. One small old horse dead for at most 8 hours and my eyes were watering and I almost threw up... in a large open air stables.


16 posted on 01/05/2007 7:04:56 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Dog Gone

The city probably wanted to make sure there was someone to bill for the cleanup.


17 posted on 01/05/2007 7:05:49 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: SpringheelJack

At that exact moment, AAA's eventual founder is struck with an idea that won't be realized for another 30 years.


18 posted on 01/05/2007 7:06:52 AM PST by Sax
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To: InvisibleChurch

I know who Katrina Guy is, but who is Tourist Guy?


19 posted on 01/05/2007 7:07:20 AM PST by RayStacy
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To: HEY4QDEMS
Gallows...That's what I thought, too. Almost looks like barbed wire in the foreground of the photo and looks like down south....maybe Texas...

As far as the horse...maybe he stumbled and got hurt bad and the dude had to shoot him. It just looks like he is waiting for help.

20 posted on 01/05/2007 7:08:11 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SpringheelJack

1. All dressed up and no place to go.

2. I'm going downtown to see a man about a horse.


21 posted on 01/05/2007 7:08:15 AM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: RayStacy

That's the guy on top of the WTC as the second plane comes in.


22 posted on 01/05/2007 7:08:45 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: InvisibleChurch

23 posted on 01/05/2007 7:09:07 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: RayStacy

24 posted on 01/05/2007 7:09:10 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

I think it has a sign on it what sez : Arbeit Macht Cheese


25 posted on 01/05/2007 7:09:54 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: Sacajaweau
It just looks like he is waiting for help.

A flat tire, so to speak.

26 posted on 01/05/2007 7:10:28 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: andy58-in-nh

That's better.


27 posted on 01/05/2007 7:10:37 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS
Whoops...I should have read the article....Indiana.

Kinda looks like the "plain folks" in the background knew who "Dapper Dan" was and weren't about to lend a hand. The local Banker??

28 posted on 01/05/2007 7:11:32 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: InvisibleChurch
No it ain't fake, it's really the President of Purina staking his claim before that scoundrel from ALPO shows up.
29 posted on 01/05/2007 7:12:46 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Sax
At that exact moment, AAA's eventual founder is struck with an idea that won't be realized for another 30 years.

Brilliant!

30 posted on 01/05/2007 7:14:12 AM PST by Nea Wood (Is cheap, illegal labor worth one life?)
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To: Dog Gone
That's the explanation, but it doesn't explain why that became law.

Otherwise people would just abandon the horse, forcing the town to pick up the cost of disposal?

31 posted on 01/05/2007 7:17:34 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: SpringheelJack

Wilbur Post's great-great grandfather and "Mr. Ned"?


32 posted on 01/05/2007 7:18:41 AM PST by tumblindice (Carol squirmed in her chair as Mr. Ed spilled his guts about the case of rat-poison.)
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To: FrPR
We often forget - while looking at all those old pictures that required long exposures and long faces - that our ancestors had a sense of humor, too.

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33 posted on 01/05/2007 7:21:25 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: InvisibleChurch

Tell me that picture is fake!!!


34 posted on 01/05/2007 7:22:57 AM PST by shekkian
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To: SpringheelJack
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35 posted on 01/05/2007 7:23:35 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: SpringheelJack
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36 posted on 01/05/2007 7:24:59 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: SpringheelJack; All
He was there the whole time:


37 posted on 01/05/2007 7:25:07 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Obama ... Kinda has the onomatopoeia of a train crashing as it pulls out of the station.)
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38 posted on 01/05/2007 7:25:13 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: InvisibleChurch

After that photo was proved to be fake, I saw dozens of photos of the 9/11 guy in various other historical disasters, from the Hindenburgh to L.A. Riots in '92 to King Kong vs. Godzilla. It was great!


39 posted on 01/05/2007 7:25:14 AM PST by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Aquinasfan
Otherwise people would just abandon the horse, forcing the town to pick up the cost of disposal?

Perhaps, but I have to wonder how often horses dropped dead in the middle of the city. Can you be riding a horse into town to pick up some corncobs for the outhouse, and the horse just decides to die?

And people were just walking off and it became a town nuisance? Dead horses everywhere with no one to bill for picking the carcass up?

40 posted on 01/05/2007 7:27:09 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: SpringheelJack
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This and the other photos were taken from The Weird and Wacky: Humour in Archival Photographs

41 posted on 01/05/2007 7:27:11 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: SpringheelJack
Perhaps it's a symbol of the Democrats in the 1876 election.

Regards, Ivan

42 posted on 01/05/2007 7:27:23 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: SpringheelJack

43 posted on 01/05/2007 7:27:30 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: Sacajaweau

He obviously hit it with his new horseless carriage and is waiting for the DNR officer to come and tag it so he can take it home and eat it.


[only hillbillies will "get" that]....:)


44 posted on 01/05/2007 7:27:49 AM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: jiggyboy

The original Ford Mustang?


45 posted on 01/05/2007 7:28:21 AM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: shekkian

It would be truly pathetic if you NEEDED to be told that picture is fake.


46 posted on 01/05/2007 7:30:35 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: SpringheelJack
How do we know that the horse is dead? It may well be, but you can get horses to lay down.

I wonder what the hoist frame in the background was used for.

47 posted on 01/05/2007 7:33:20 AM PST by Rockpile
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To: MotleyGirl70; Diana in Wisconsin

Weird-things-from-Wisconsin-ping!


48 posted on 01/05/2007 7:34:54 AM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: SpringheelJack

bump


49 posted on 01/05/2007 7:37:16 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Mercat
...a dead horse, you never forget the smell.

It is rather piquant, no?

50 posted on 01/05/2007 7:37:58 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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