Skip to main content


March 2023
1min read

Twenty-two loyal, smart, perceptive, patient, and diligent readers submitted answers in our pick - the matching - TR - picture contest. This small historical challenge started with an astonishing Roosevelt montage we used to illustrate a story in our June/July issue. We hadn’t been able to find out much about the picture and were enlightened (as we always hope we will be when we can’t find an answer) by a reader—John Waldsmith, who owns one of the originals of this print. Mr. Waldsmith’s explanation appeared in the “Postscripts” section of our October/November issue, and we offered a free year’s subscription to the first reader sharp-eyed enough to spot the one repeat among the five hundred images of Roosevelt that make up the montage.

Two readers came up with the right answer. The first to do so—our winner—is Elizabeth E. Greene of Silver Spring, Maryland. She was not thrown off by the fact that the matching pictures were tipped at deceptively different angles, but she reports that “after staring intently at several hundred photos of TR for an hour, I find myself now haunted day and night by faces of Roosevelt in every expostulatory grimace imaginable. Hopefully it will pass.” We hope it has by now, and we are happy to extend Mrs. Greene’s subscription for a year.

Again calling on the amazing attentiveness of our readers, we published a picture that we titled “Drag Bunt” in our August/September “Readers’ Album.” The picture showed a baseball game in which the players were all dressed in late nineteenth-century women’s clothing, though at least some of them—those adorned with mustaches, for instance—were clearly men. Why they had padded and togged themselves out in skirts and fancy bonnets would be hard to reconstruct, we felt, but we hoped that some vigilant readers might recognize the setting and be able to tell us where the ball game was played.

And indeed they did. Several readers identified the mountain in the background as Whiteface Mountain, with Lake Placid Lake, in Lake Placid, New York, at its base. We were then able to confirm this identification with the town historian, Mrs. Mary MacKenzie, who recognized the setting exactly, named the buildings, and dated the picture in the 1890's. One reader even had a pretty convincing suggestion for why the men were gotten up as they were, too: they were giving themselves a handicap, she speculated, to make the contest more even. And undoubtedly, stuffing themselves into women’s clothing was a cause for much merriment.

We hope you enjoy our work.

Please support this 72-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.


Stories published from "April/May 1982"

Authored by: Walter Karp

How a brave and gifted woman defied her parents and her background to create the splendid collection that is Shelburne

Authored by: Thomas Fleming

The Revolution might have ended much differently for the Americans if it weren’t for their ally, the Spanish governor of Louisiana, who helped them wrestle the Mississippi valley from the British.

Authored by: James A. Michener

Our most popular practitioner of the art speaks of the challenges and rewards of writing

Authored by: Stephen W. Sears

The great sit-down strike that transformed American industry

Authored by: Bernard A. Weisberger

An Interview With Theodore H. White

Authored by: Joseph E. Persico

The Dean of American Movie Men at Seventy-Five

Authored by: T. H. Watkins

Fort Adobe

Authored by: The Editors

The Strangest Secret Weapons of World War II

Authored by: Carmine A. Prioli

A bomb-laden balloon from Japan reached North America, resulting in the only death from enemy action during the war.

Featured Articles

Rarely has the full story been told about how a famed botanist, a pioneering female journalist, and First Lady Helen Taft battled reluctant bureaucrats to bring Japanese cherry trees to Washington. 

The world’s most prominent actress risked her career by standing up to one of Hollywood’s mega-studios, proving that behind the beauty was also a very savvy businesswoman. 

Often thought to have been a weak president, Carter was strong-willed in doing what he thought was right, regardless of expediency or the political fallout.

Why have thousands of U.S. banks failed over the years? The answers are in our history and politics.

In his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln embodied leading in a time of polarization, political disagreement, and differing understandings of reality.