This is a photo of a literary society taken in ca. 1915 at a small college in the Midwest.  I first noticed the streak of light across the left hand side of the picture but discounted it since it was so easy to scratch early negatives and physical damage was rampant during the developing process in photographs of this era.  However, when I looked at the fellow standing in the center of the top row with a magnifying glass, the way his face looked like a skull just didn't seem to be the 'normal' negative damage one would expect.  A colleague of mine and I scanned the photo and enlarged his face to try and make it clearer, and the image of a skull became more prominent.  Perhaps you've got some thoughts?

Submitted by: Christine

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