The Hidden Picture

31 03 2011

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good intrigue/mystery. I stumbled upon one this week and it was very exciting for all of a day and a half.

The Background:

I bought a photo from a yard sale about 10 years ago; give or take a few. It was a small blue framed angel. I am sure at some point I had it hanging on the wall but since this last move (3 years ago) it has sat on a shelf, collecting dust, waiting for a home. Spring cleaning found me giving it to my daughter to put up in her room.

The Intrigue:

My daughter being an 11 year old girl and apparently not liking angels, decided to keep the frame and swap out the photo. Behind the angel picture (which turned out to be a greeting card) was a mystery man. A young football player had hidden his picture in the frame. He signed the front but his signature was a little hard to read. On the back he says “To the lucky person who gets my picture keep it forever. Love Nathen E. May 31 1998”

The Mystery:

So who is this guy? I personally think this was awesome and plan to put hidden photos in all my yard sale junk from now on. But what possessed a teenage boy to do such a thing? What kind of man did he turn out to be? Mostly I just want to know if I can track him down.

The Search:

So I started with what I knew. His name is Nathen E. Google didn’t pull up much to go on, neither did Facebook. I know the general area where I bought it and that his football helmet says Lions. Again not so easy. I found a school but the team uniform doesn’t match. Then there is his signature. Upon closer inspection I think it says Essman. Back to Google there is a Nathen Morris Essman on Memory lane who graduated in the correct area and his school are the Lions. I think it has to be him. He doesn’t have a Facebook account but Googling his full name pulled up a wedding announcement and his wife Sherah is on Facebook.

The Results:

Me – I was wondering if you might be married to Nathen Morris Essman. I found a picture of a football player named Nathen E. and am trying to track him down.

Sherah – He doesn’t have a Facebook. I’ll tell him that you sent me a message (:

Me – This is a picture my daughter Found behind a picture I bought at a yard sale in High school

Sherah – hahahaha… how weird!

Me – Is it him?

Sherah – Ya that’s him… I have a copy of the same picture, just bigger.

Sherah – I showed him your message and he said he doesn’t know who you are and wanted to know why you were trying to get a hold of him… he’s at work right now, wanted me to ask you lol.

Me – Just a mystery with the hidden pic. I don’t really need to talk to him or anything just wanted to see if I could find him. And I guess I did 😀



4 responses

5 04 2011
Jonathan Benya

Wow, that’s just awesome! I love coming across little mysteries like that!

7 04 2011
Liz Benitez

It really was exciting to find.

18 04 2011
Ned Carey

Wow you are quite the private eye. You can use that skill to get listings on vacant properties.

27 12 2014

What also is weird, is that I was dating Sherah during this time and I never even heard about this. Lol crazy. We had just recently broke up,a few months ago. Hmmm….

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