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Puzzling Photos

 

        There are several photos among the collection that Bob Nolan left his grandson, Calin Coburn, that still puzzle us. Aside from Bob himself and a few familiar faces, there are individuals in these pictures that we cannot identify. If you can help us with provenance or identification of faces, we would be grateful. Please Email us AND quote the number of the photo.

        There are undated newspaper clippings and other pictures included that need more information or background. To find the latest puzzling image, go to the last one on this page.

 

 

 

No. 1

Flash Whiting is at back right and Bob is reclining in front.

Who are the other two?

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Suggestion No. 1: This was taken along Highway One in California.  It looks like the Palisades are in the background across the street.  You have to wonder what was along that stretch of beach when you notice all the cars parked along the street and the two nuns in full habit crossing the street. 

 

 

No. 2

c. 1936 Who is the man and the two children with Bob?

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Suggestion: The man with Bob is Rudy Sooter. The children are not Rudy's and I am only guessing they belong to fans of both Bob and Rudy. (Jerry Sooter)

Suggestion: The man with Bob is Curley Fletcher. He resembles Curley's photo on the frontispiece of his book of poetry, "Songs of the Sage".

 

 

No. 3

 

Who are the men with a mustachioed Bob? They are all holding bows. The words on the back in Bob's handwriting are "Start of bow hunt 1937. Check the mustache. Oh! Brother!" 

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Suggestion No. 1: The one next to Bob looks a lot like the ever-present musician and assistant to Gene Autry, Frankie Marvin.  He appeared in most of Gene's movies and a lot of his TV shows. (Charlie Murphy)

 

 

No. 4

 

c. 1939 Six unidentified faces with the Sons of the Pioneers.

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No. 5

 

c. 1943 Who is the lady in these two photos?

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Suggestion No. 1: Adrienne Ames, actress and radio host in New York City?

 

 

No. 6

 

 Who is with Bob and P-Nuts? Do you recognize the background?

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Suggestion: This appears to be (left to right) P-Nuts, her sister, Bob, Bobbie, P-Nuts mother and father.

 

 

No. 7

 

c. 1944 Who are the people with Bob and P-Nuts?

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No. 8

 

1943. Who is Tex Wilson?

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Suggestion No. 1: Tex Wilson played a bad guy in the 1948 Sunset Carson movie "Fighting Mustang".  (Edward Phillips, Simi Valley, CA)

 

 

No. 9

 

Who is the woman with Bob Nolan, Lloyd Perryman and Gene Bascou,  Roy Roger's rodeo publicity manager?

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Suggestion No. 1: Velma Spencer

 

 

No. 10

 

In a fire hall. Where? Who are they? What was the occasion?

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Suggestion No. 1:

#10 looks like it might have been taken up at Big Bear Lake because of the rustic setting and Bob's casual attire. Since then, I noticed that Bob is wearing the same clothes in #11. Also, if you look at the fellow partially hidden behind Bob's right elbow you will notice his tie and hat matches the fellow's in #10 standing in the front row second in from the left. Wherever these two photos were taken, it's obvious they were taken on the same day or evening. Maybe this was a fireman's ball in Big Bear or wherever. Who knows? (Dick Goodman)

 

 

No. 11

 

See above.

 

 

No. 12

 

c 1942 Who is the lady with Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers?

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Suggestion No. 1: Alice Fleming
 

 

No. 13

 

c. 1946-8

Who is the little boy with the cast on his leg? The words imprinted on the sheet read "Texas Scott____ Hospital."

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 Suggestion No. 1: There is a big medical center called Scott and White, located in Temple, TX. (Leon Butts)

 

 

No. 14

 

c. 1946-8 Who are these official-looking men with Bob Nolan? What was the occasion?

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            Suggestion No. 1: RCA Victor reps. (Karl E. Farr)

 

 

No. 15

 

c. 1946-8 Who is the man with the Sons of the Pioneers? What was the occasion?

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Suggestion No. 1: Could the man in 15 an 16 be Johnny Grant the Unofficial Mayor of Hollywood?  A couple of us think that may be him.  He was also called Mayor to the Stars.  At one time Tim and Glenn had an office at The Crossroads of the World right in Hollywood.  Johnny Grant and his people were like a Chamber of Commerce.  I will try and see if I can find an early photo of him to verify this hunch.  Grant ran the Hollywood Blvd. Christmas parade.

 

Suggestion No. 2: That is not Johnny Grant. The age is wrong.

 

 

No. 16

 

c. 1946-8 Who is the man with the wives of the Sons of the Pioneers?

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No. 17

 

SOLVED!

 RCA luncheon in September 1946 in Philadelphia. (Terry Sevigny Scptt)

 

 

No. 18

 

c. 1950s Who are the man and woman with Bob and P-Nuts? Where are they?

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No. 19

 

c. 1946 Who is "Smokey"? What was the occasion?

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Suggestion No. 1: My guess is that it is Ray Whitley; it looks like him. I don't know if he used the name "Smokey" outside of the movies. That was the name he went by in the Tim Holt westerns.  (Ed Phillips)

 

Suggestion No. 2: The clown looks a lot like Emmett Kelly from Ringling Brothers - Barnum and Bailey Circus.

            Response to Suggestion No. 2: I looked into Emmett Kelly a few years ago and found a fan club as expert in their field as you are in yours, Ed. They acknowledged that "Smokey" in the photo was an Emmett Kelly copy but pointed out small differences in his makeup application and costume that told them it wasn't Kelly himself. So, I'm still looking around and when I found out Ray was called "Smokey", I remembered that he was called that in The Old Wyoming Trail, too, so maybe the name stuck to him.

 

 

No. 20

 

c. 1953 Who are the people with Bob, P-Nuts and her father, Mr. Brown?

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No. 21

 

Who are the two men on the right beside Bob and his father-in-law, Mr. Brown?

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No. 22

 

c. 1953. Who is the man and the woman with Bob? What was the occasion?

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Suggestion No. 1: Richard or Robert Sherman (songwriter who co-wrote dozens of songs with Bob Roberts.)

Suggestion No. 2: Charles Lung

 

 

No. 23

 

SOLVED!

She is actress Adrienne Ames.

 

 

No. 24

What year would this be taken? Where?

 

The print under the newspaper clipping reads "Bob Nolan, encouraged by composers like Hoagy Carmichael, decided to devote his time to writing songs himself."

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SUGGESTION: This picture must have been taken during a Sons of the Pioneer's appearance on the Hoagy Carmichael radio show in 1945. There's a picture on Western Clippings of Dale Evans and Hoagy Carmichael and he appears to be wearing the same suit. ~ Kristy  (See below)
 

 

Dale as guest on Hoagy Carmichaelís NBC radio show in 1945.

(Western Clippings)

 

No. 25

 

SOLVED!

The Sons of the Pioneers visited the Stephen Foster Home in Pittsburgh on July 18, 1947. (Terry Scott)

 

 

No. 26

 

SOLVED!

The picture says, "Pittsburgh-July 4,1826. That was the birth date of Stephen Foster. (Bill Marquet) The Sons of the Pioneers visited the Stephen Foster Home in Pittsburgh on July 18, 1947. (Terry Scott)

 

 

No. 27

 

SOLVED!

The monument in the picture is of Stephen Foster and it is located at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Bill Marquet) The Sons of the Pioneers visited the Stephen Foster Home in Pittsburgh on July 18, 1947. (Terry Scott)
 

 

No. 28

 

c. 1939 Two unidentified faces with Karl Farr, Pat Brady and Lloyd Perryman.

Clue: The Pioneers are wearing the 1940 costumes they used on their Eastern tours.

 

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Suggestion No. 1: Could it be Patsy Montana? (Bob Serkey, AZ)

 

 

No. 29

 

SOLVED! Reno Browne, beautiful stunt rider and actress, identified by Bruce Hickey

 

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No. 30

 

SOLVED!

Roy West and his Range Riders, WGAR, Cleveland, Ohio, 1946

 

 

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No. 31

 

SOLVED!

It's the San Jose Civic Auditorium. The building is still there and looks very much the same. (Thanks to Sean Michael Lisle)


 

No. 32

 

Where and when was this photo taken? (Bob is wearing his 1948 shirt.)

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No. 33

 

Who is the lady on the left? Is it Arline, Roy's wife? Where was it taken?

(Left to right: Mystery lady, Ferne Allen, Roy Rogers, P-Nuts Nolan and Velma Spencer)

 

                                            Suggestion No.  1: Roy's wife Arline

                                            Suggestion No. 2: Ruth Bacon who played Peggy Snow in Springtime in the Rockies with Gene Autry.

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No. 34

 

What is the date and the name of the show when Tex Williams and Bob Nolan appeared together?

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No. 35

 

We'd like to know the location and date and day in 1943 this snapshot was taken.

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No. 36

 

We'd like to know the location and date and day in 1943 this snapshot was taken. Look at that crowd!

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No. 37

 

We'd like to know the location and day and date in 1943 this snapshot was taken.

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No. 38

We'd like to know the location and day in 1943 this snapshot was taken.

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Thank you!