Here’s an update to this post about the “new” ambrotype of Rob Wheat. The owner of the photo and author of the CWT article, Mike Musick, left the following comment:
Thanks for your interest in the picture, and observations. Love that shot from Seinfeld. The “new” photo, as it appears in the article and blog post, is in reverse. When it’s “flipped,” the similarities in appearance to the known portraits is somewhat increased.
I exchanged a few emails with Mr. Musick and learned that quite a few folks whose names you’d recognize agree to varying degrees that the fellow in the photo is Wheat. In the interests of full disclosure, a couple names you’d also know aren’t so sure. The original photo, which is not reversed and does not have a frame, was sent to me last December by a mutual friend, and I’ve been sitting on it since then. Mr. Musick has graciously granted permission to show it here.