In honor of pioneer day and related Mormon history, Bobby and Jordan devote this episode to a discussion of the recently discovered daguerreotype photograph that has surfaced purporting to be a likeness of Joseph Smith. The discussion culminates in interesting commentary on counterfeits and the dog days of summer.Some people like to listen to us faster… (We sound smarter.):
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Referenced in this Podcast
- Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s photo discovered by descendant after nearly 180 years
- At long last, a photo of Mormon founder Joseph Smith emerges
- What Did Joseph Smith Really Look Like? 8 Images That Provide Us With Clues
- The post Joseph Smith “Adoption Craze” – Article by Gordon Irving
- Wilford Woodruff 1894 Talk Kicking off Geneology
- LDS Church statement on Joseph Smith Daguerrotype
- Farmer’s Almanac on the Dog Days of Summer
- Alexander Stuart
- Freedom Forum thread showing many of the possible pictures and renderings of Joseph.
- Overview Sources on Early Mormon “Magical” Practices
- John L. Brooke – the Refiner’s Fire
- D. Michael Quinn – Early Mormonism and the Magical World View
- Analysis of Senators based on their Faces
My 1st reaction to the headline and photo was …meh!! Probably photoshop 😉 ! Why? When I lived in NYC during my teen years and took the subway between Grand Central Station and Times Square, I used to see this group of blank people with robes that had tables with aromatic reed diffuser sticks and images of a black Jesus and his black apostles (for sale, of course !!! LOL). They argued heavily that Jesus and his apostles came from Africa. Therefore, they were black! I thought to myself….whether Jesus and his Apostles were black or white (skin color), Does the message change? Nope!!! So, does it really matter? I guess for some people. I just stick to the message. Love the this episode! As always, very informative which I really like because…I’m learning!!!
You know, is there and edit option when commenting? I feel a bit embarrassed about my spelling and grammar that after I checked my comments several times before posting, there is a word/phrased wrongly written that sneaked through! Immediately my best impression of Homer Simpson is exclaimed! 🙂
I think it’s a cool photo, and may indeed be a member of the Smith family. Personally, I’m not persuaded it’s Joseph, but that’s just me.
I agree. It looks like a Smith but not Joseph. The biggest thing I point to is the eye size. The painting could have made his eyes look bigger than they are but the eye socket size from the death mask seems to match the painting but not this picture. Probably Samuel Smith or something.