A few weeks ago I bought for a Canadian dollar this vintage photograph which appears to be from the mid 1940’s.
It was presented to me by a seasoned barn seller who’s a very good friend with one of my relative’s friends from upstate New York. Supposedly the newborn in the picture was a genetic experiment between a spud of the fingerling potato varieties also called Russian banana and human DNA. The rich real estate developer from New York who ordered the experiment did so because he feared his weak genetics were going to be passed on to his children. Supposedly he believed mixing his DNA with Russian Bananas would make his children stronger to face the frigid cold of the state of New York thus less chances of perishing from pneumonia for example. His close associates were the ones to suggest the use of the small, stubby, finger-shaped type of potato varieties because these spuds would create a stronger creature capable of sustaining the cold winters of New York by vegetating all year long.
But you know how stories from friends of friends go, they are often misleading. So I will hang on to this vintage photograph until I get a clearer picture of the story or until one day someone finds the rightful owner of this photograph, be it a family member or the people involved in this experiment. Hopefully someone can explain a bit more why they let it lose in the first place and if there is any danger for the public.
I think I made a good deal as I will be able to regain the investment as old photographs are in demand lately. I just can’t seem to figure out the letters in the picture properly as I have trouble with my eyes. Not sure if it reads Rump, Stump, Frump, Pump, …really hard to read when you have eye problems as I do. Anyway, at least I am sharing it for all to see with their good eyes.