Texas “Mail Call” Inspired by a Civil War Letter

One day in the spring of 1942, an old photograph rescued from a trunk at a relative’s house in the small San Patricio County community of Round Lake caught Robert Dougherty Bluntzer’s eye.
The sepia image had captured an instant in the life of a young man with fair, piercing eyes and a Prince Valiant-style haircut.
His too-large cotton shirt, despite the scarf-like cravat he wore, allowed for at least an inch of empty space around his scrawny neck. He did not look happy. Maybe that was his nature. Maybe he didn’t like getting dressed up.
Or maybe Chrys Sullivan had posed for the glass negative portrait not long before

 

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