Friday, January 05, 2007

Mysterious 1870s Wis. Photo Sparks Jokes

"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's a 1870s picture of a mustachioed man in a suit and stovepipe hat who sits rakishly on an expired horse in the middle of a dusty, deserted street.

The picture was included in a newspaper's 2007 calendar and the response from readers prompted news articles. From there, it took off on the Internet.

"This thing has gotten more mileage than you can shake a stick at," said Scott Prescher, who has a copy of the dead horse photo in his Sheboygan restaurant."

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