I recieved the following this morning:
|Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release: A Real Photograph of Joseph Smith Jr.March 18, 2008|
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Press Release: A Real Photograph of Joseph Smith Jr.
For Immediate Release March 18, 2008
1. Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again by S. Michael Tracy
5. The skull which was exhumed in 1928 for reburial
6. Many photographs which have been presented as being Joseph Smith
S. Michael Tracy has studied the evidence for many years. Both the book and documentary are based on his findings. This little-known image among Latter-day Saints has actually been in the public domain for some time, but has never been published with so much research and forensic data.The “Scannel Daguerreotype,” as it has become known, circulated among some scholars for years.
More recently it was published in the Saints Herald of December 1994, in which it was stated very emphatically that “A much more complete answer to the question of Joseph’s appearance is now known.” The image was again published in Sunstone magazine in 1995 and some paintings and sketches have also been published. (See BYU Studies Vol.41, No.2 and The, Volume Fifteen, 1995.)
Eborn Publishing, LLC, was holding back announcing the products until they were actually available. However, due to a massive emailing of false information regarding the project, and the subsequent news coverage, they have decided to announce both products at this time.
The purpose of the book and documentary are not to conclusively state that this is positively Joseph Smith’s image, but is an effort by the author to present the overwhelming evidence, and let the Saints each decide for themselves. Tracy feels it is time for the public to both see the photograph and examine the evidence surrounding it.
Press: For further commentary on the projects contact S. Michael Tracy at
Public: The book and documentary can be pre-ordered on amazon.com
Documentary (48-min dvd):
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So, thus the plot thickens. Interestingly, it mentions that due to the recent mass emailing and subsequent news coverage they have chosen to announce this at this time before becoming available. I’ll be interested to read what evidence is presented. I know this Tracy has been giving powerpoint presentations on the subject recently. I understand with this forthcoming publication, that originally the Community of Christ was involved, but has since left the project. Whether or not the evidence presented is convincing, I understand the book will include a historiography of Joseph Smith images which I hope will prove interesting.
An interesting point to ponder is what impact, if any, this image and this publication will have on the general membership in how it envisions and thinks about the Mormon prophet. I was speaking to the publisher a few weeks back and he mentioned something very interesting. He said that the people that seemed to respond most favorably, in his estimation, to this image were women. He said that they found this depiction of Joseph Smith to be more masculine and “real” compared to the images most popularly floated around in the Church on manuals, etc. and more appealing. If such a trend is true, it would be a fascinating commentary on the changing perception of Joseph Smith in the Church which Sunstone published about a few years back.
This will be an interesting unfolding one way or another.
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