Yes, believe it or not, I have re-emerged and am actually posting something. Jared has been very patiently deferring to me so I figur I’d better get this reference up. Not that I really can lay any claim to it; I just stumbled upon it while reading Joseph F. Smith’s diary. But it may hold out hope for all those hopefuls that an image–a relic, an icon–may yet exist of the Prophet Joseph that we can worship in the form of a coffee-table picture book…er perhaps I should say a hot cocoa, or pero, or mate, or herbal tea table book.
So, the reference: In JFS’s journal he lists the following items among a catalogue of his possessions that were destroyed in a fire during his first mission to Hawaii: “a deguarian likeness of my Father uncle Joseph and Brigham young, a presant and priceless to me” (JFS diary, entry of June 26, 1856; call # MS 1325, box 1, fd. 3, Church History Library; also available in the Selected Collections DVD set, Volume 1, DVD 26). So, this could be evidence that an image is floating around out there somewhere! Scavengers beware! Eborn could print a second edition!