|Photo said to be Herman Weiss in 1882.|
Below is the one known photograph of Herman Weiss. This was discovered by Ken Silverman in the Library of Congress and comes from Houdini's Strange Tales by Patrick Culliton. Herman might be a few years older or younger in the below photo. Is there a resemblance?
|Photo of Herman from Houdini's Strange Tales.|
|Photo listed as being Nathan Weiss in 1904.|
The name of the seller of the Nathan pic (jerry_storia) is different from the Herman shot (ritamoio). However, both are from Italy with almost identical profile pages, and the layouts of the listings are strikingly similar. Also, while writing on the back is key to identifying both these photos, it both cases the seller doesn't include a photo of the writing in the listing.
|Similarities in "jerry_storia" and "ritamoio" listings.|
So what's going on here? It would be very exciting to confirm that this is a photo of Herman Weiss. But the dubious "Nathan" pic and the similarities between these two sellers makes me a little suspicious.
Thanks to Adam Steinfeld for the alert.
UPDATE: The seller has provided me with an image of the back of the Herman photo showing the writing. Not handwriting I recognize.