Thanks for sharing this great old photo. My 11 yo son is currently sporting a shiner as impressive as your Uncle Matt's and he is a little rascal too – would laugh out loud to see him dressed like this. This photo made my day.
oh no, i hope none of my relatives gave matt a black eye! my dad grew up in hannibal. his parents loved the river so much and would always send us catfish. my grandma would pick wild mushrooms and batter and fry them… what i would give to taste those again! and, of course, i was fascinated by the stories of mark twain and we had a tour through the cave when i was a kid – expecting injun joe to jump out at anytime.
amazing how much a single image can hold… reminds me of roland barthes camera lucida. "The book develops the twin concepts of studium and punctum: studium denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph, punctum denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it."