I’ve probably been one of the more positive and hopeful through this undying one-upmanship of Joseph Smith photo-finding that we’ve experienced in the last year. With this latest edition to the fold of false Josephs, I just may be losing hope, and Ardis may just be proving prophetic yet again.
Check out this crank on Ebay.
The sheer absurdity of the idea is enough, but it gets better. See the item description:
This photo comes from a album that had ‘Smith” ID’d photos in it…But it had other strange & curious cdv photos, like a group of 13 woman standing, seated & kneeling on the floor in front of one man? so I listed that photo and a couple of eBay members suggested it was a Mormon family…I listed a few cdv’s that, like this one looked to be copies of Daguerreotypes, they did well at auction & covered the cost of this album….But the comment about Mormons stuck, mostly because my mothers sister is on the Washington D. C. Church High Council, so I started to look into this & got the basic info of the web. I then listed a photo of a very intense old man from Vermont who was noted in the album as ‘diviner’. He had the coolest face, with a sunken 1 1/2″ triangle in his brow between his eyes, and he looked to be related to this photo, witch at the time, I beginning to believe was Joseph Smith, so I listed the old man as Joseph Smith father in a reserve auction. It got up into the low 30′s, but did not break reserve. The high bidder was a Mormon from CA and asked what I would sell it for? and I replied I would think about it, …pure eBay Blow off! : ) He then begins buying the most expensive photos from my store ($20-$45 ea) and in 3 days racks up $500.00 +, so I gave in and sold him the photo…Now this photo I offer in this auction, gives me CHILLS when I looked at it & that ‘rod’ or ‘wand’ with its glowing orb! and that black indistinguishable ‘snake’ thing truly looks to be a “Urim and Thummim” if I ever saw one!!! So the reserve price is set on this strange, strange feature.
Secondly, all the photos in the album follow the Joseph Smith trail, some from Vermont (one is for sale right now my store, man with glasses, and I have been selling others at auction past 2 weeks) some really interesting ones from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri & Illinois…
I have studied all of the paintings drawings and ‘supposed photos’ of Joseph Smith on the web and photos of his descendants at various ages and have concluded this photograph IS HIGHLY PROBABLE (in view of all above) a photo of the Mormon founder Joseph Smith WEARING the “Urim and Thummim”!!!! (Personally, after 2 years of research, I believe it to be true, each must however decide for themselves)…I still own all of the ID photos & I do believe their is a Emma Smith, though very late in years? and I can supply copies of one’s won at auctions, ect. I also have a 1200dpi scan to send out to any who request it.
I think this speaks for itself. It’s really sad to know that there is a Mormon out in California with more money than sense who is now the proud owner of a bunch of daguerreotypes with questionable identifications. This probably didn’t merit its own post, but the exotic nature of this attempt and its especially absurd basis for identification merited some notice.
In other news, a friend alerted me to a recently created blog by an unnamed individual who claims to have, yes, a daguerreotype of Joseph Smith. This one is a little different than others because the image he’s touting has been known for some time. It’s the image from the Library of Congress that has been widely accepted as a daguerreotype of a painting of Joseph Smith. The blogger claims that he has found in his grandmother’s possessions the original daguerreotype that the painting was based on. Apparently this individual has already talked with people at the Church History Dept. and examinations are ongoing.
And the search continues…