Mystery of 60-year-old photos is solved
February 23, 2021 at 11:17
An old school friend had posted a link to a just-published CNN Travel article showcasing beautiful color photos from mid-20th century Alaska under the headline: "Do you know the mystery behind these Alaska travel photos?"
Skupin asked anyone with information to comment on a Google Drive containing 200 photos of people, places and scenes.
Stevens-Johnson, a graduate of the University of Alaska who taught elementary school for over three decades, was around 10 years old when these two photos were taken.
"I was so elated all weekend," she tells CNN Travel.
Walkie Charles, an associate professor of Yup'ik, the language of the Yup'ik people, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, stumbled across the photos on Facebook.
"We don't have any photos of my brother when he was little, or even when he was older," says Charles.
Charles was speaking to CNN Travel from his office at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The photos, says Charles, offer the younger generation of Yup'ik people a glimpse of their communities in days past.
Like Walkie Charles, Augustine was born in Kwiguk and grew up in Emmonak.
Discovering the photos was a delight, Augustine tells CNN Travel.
Reading the original CNN Travel story, Augustine was intrigued by the mystery surrounding the photographer's identity.
"It's become quite secondary, who the photographer is, although it's still very interesting to find out," she tells CNN Travel.