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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


2009 The Year of Valley History
High Collection signature of Louis Thiel
Signature of Lousi Thiel - American actor from a photograph in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library.
Following my own lead, I googled "Louis Thiel Actor", I found this. Compare it with the signature on the High Collection photograph! Ole!!!!! Now the question is, how did this photograph get among the High Collection photographs?

Photograph of Unknown Man - Gift to The Museum from Dave High - July 2009.

I had pretty much made up my mind that the person in this photograph, of which I made a black and white image to clarify his signature, was named Louis Huel. (It may still be) But, in the light from a lamp over my left shoulder, the signature just might be Louis or Lorian Thiel. Is this fellow some sort of minister? I thought so at first, but religious habits are made with greater care, due to their sacred nature. Sooooo, what's up here? I have a new guess. Suppose he's an actor. "At the mercy of Tibereus (?) Co. Can the "Co" refer to Company. In the late 1800s CO would not have been used, I believe, for Colorado.

What is your guess. Email your Museum or put your opinion in the "comment" section.