I really appreciate the emails that I get from people, complimenting my work. You don't have to believe 100 percent, but a little knod is always validating. Recently, a man wanted my opinion on another photograph, to see if they were the same person, that was quite flattering. Unfortunately my facebook page, for my 1840s Illinois Man, deleted all of his emails by accident and I couldn't respond back to him, after I did some superimposing analysis of the two men... He wanted to know if the image of Abraham Oakey Hall, shown below, matched older images of the same man. His point was that the man, in they younger image, had attached earlobes, and even though he thought that it matched the death mask, that point would make his image NOT of Joseph Smith. Well, when it came to me analyzing the later images of Abraham, his ears didn't appear to a have attached earlobes... Hmmm.... From my overall analysis, I surely see the younger image, that was passed around as a possible image of Joseph Smith, matches in a lot of ways to the older images of A. Oakey Hall, like the widow's peak, his sunken in eyes (that Joseph Smith did not have- per his death mask), and it really could be his side burns creating an illusion of attached earlobes... .
After receiving this email and looking at these images, I found it really interesting how the image of A. Oakey Hall in this younger years, really blatantly show, for sure, attached earlobes and wonder now, if the man from the customer service dept. of the Church History, who was super focused on how he was sure my 1840s Illinois Man's photo showed a man with attached earlobes (thus- it can not be the prophet!!)... maybe was looking at THAT image, instead of mine, when he kept arguing that my image showed a man with attached earlobes? Who knows... I go into this on my Facial Analysis page, how for SURE my 1840s Man's left earlobe is very, very not an attached earlobe, his right earlobe looks like mine, which can LOOK attached from the front, but you can see from the side that it is for sure, unattached. Oakey, on the other hand, has a very blatant attached right earlobe (he also is photographed from the side, so we can see it, my image is a straight forward, proper shot).
I don't know if the below image really is of A. Oakey Hall or not, but... I know that it doesn't have the likeness to Joseph Smith's death mask, as my image does, but it was fun to have something to analyze this week! Thanks for the suggestion, whoever, wherever you are!!
Debra A. Hatfield
I grew up in Oregon, went to college in Utah and Idaho. Since college I have obtained a B.S. degree in University Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho (2005), went to Beauty School ;P, then went back to school again over the course of many years, taking night classes, and finished an A.S. in Exective Medical Assisting from LDS Business College.