Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mystery photos inside "Helen of the Old House"

These photos were tucked away inside a battered copy of "Helen of the Old House," a Harold Bell Wright1 novel published in 1921.

I think the same woman appears in all three photos. There is only one other small hint provided within the book. The name "Ethel" is written lightly in pencil on the first page.

Is it Ethel in these photos?

1. It is claimed that Wright's "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1907) was the first American novel to sell one million copies. John Wayne starred in the film version in 1941.


  1. The cow looks Dutch but the barn is typically American.

  2. In the two closeups at the bottom: look at the chin and lower mouth's very distinctive, so I would say those two are the same person for sure.