gordonrutter said:...If THE Thunderbird picture was rediscovered there would be a big hoo ha about it!
It didn't. Somewhere in my back issues and rumor books I have the late Mark Chorvinsky's story of his search for The Thunderbird Photo. He went through every page of every issue of every newspaper, magazine, or identifiable book that anybody who contacted him ever remembered seeing it in.
I like your time-travel idea. Perhaps alternative universes have collided leaving us with a memory of something from one universe that has never existed in our own. I've read a theory in at least one forum that the image people remember is actually from a book showing a photo of a large bird in the centre, with photos of men either side of it, and that the two things have been conflated in folks' brains to be part of a single picture. I don't actually remember ever having seen the illusive picture, yet remember feeling a strange sense of familiarity when first reading about it (many years ago now), as though I felt I should be able to remember it.Well...something odd is going on. We can't all be remembering a picture that doesn't appear to have ever existed so maybe it's time to explore other possibilities.
I still think it could have been this picture.
Another possibility is that it only appeared in one or two publications, and since then somebody (or some corporation) has acquired the copyright and never re-published it.
The problem is, nobody can remember these publications where it originally appeared.
Just for the record, I have a clear memory of the Thunderbird photograph, although I saw it just under 50 years ago. There's a barn, the critter nailed to it and some 12 men or so lined up in front of it, one of the guys wearing an Abe Lincoln type top hat. I saw it in 1957 in "Life" magazine. We were living in a refugee camp at the time and the magazine was in the communal TV room, where magazines tended to lie around for several months, so it may have been in any issue from 1956/7. If by some bizarre chance anyone has access to the magazine from that period I'm sure its there. I sent this info to Mark Chorvinsky a couple of years ago, but sadly, heard he'd died recently.
It's a reconstruction of a teratorn, I believe. That such an impressive beast once flew is astonishing. I also don't think that picture is responsible for the thunderbird photo recollections. It doesn't seem to fit any of the versions mentioned.I've seen it posted a fair few times. No idea where that came from. Or indeed if it's a genuine bird. I mean, if it *is* that's incredible, in its own right. But all the same...
The image which most have described doesn't quite match this though. That refers to it being nailed to the wall of a Barn, and with multiple people in the photo. Cowboys, in fact. Or at least of that period. And not in American Civil War costumes. It was also less Bird like and more prehistoric, I believe. I could be wrong.
I'm sorry, I didn't explain my self very clearly.
I think that many people have seen either this image or one of the marabou stork images as referenced by Dr Shuker when much younger, later they have come across references to thunderbird pictures, this prompts the little grey cells to go rifling through the mental archives and up comes a conflation of the seen image with what is expected (ie barn, people in old american dress) they say to themselves, "yes I've seen that" and Bingo!
It is a reconstruction of Argentavis magnificens.