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Fred Lynch

Mystery Solved: Well-dressed boys

Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 7:30 AM

This mystery photo was published in the Southeast Missourian on April 10, 1939.

G.D. Fronabarger took the picture the day before on Easter Sunday at a sunrise service held at Cape Rock Park above the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau.

The photo caption reads "a number of boys watching with awe the rising of the sun, which might indicate some of them at least were seeing something new."

We originally thought it was taken on the grounds of St. Vincent's Seminary.


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  • That's an interesting angle for Frony. Normally he would have lined them up so you could see every face.

    He tended to be literal, not artistic. (Not that he couldn't be both.)

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 8:40 AM
  • Neat shot. I especially like the kid in the knickerbockers on the left hand side.

    -- Posted by redpen on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 8:54 PM
  • I'd have to say they look a bit young for the seminary. It was grades 9-12. I do agree that it looks like it could have been taken on the northeast end of the seminary property.

    -- Posted by Professor_Bubba on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 8:41 AM
  • I like the kid in the overcoat and hat. He looks like a TV private eye wannabe...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:55 AM
  • Or somebody in an old Humphrey Bogart movie.

    -- Posted by WhatsamattaU on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 8:37 PM