When Stetson Hats was published, the cover photo used dated from 1925 and showed workers in the Stetson hat blocking room. No one imagined anyone would recognize a person in that old photo. A couple years later, all involved were startled when a letter arrived from a hospitalized older gentleman. He thanked the author and the publisher for using a photo with his father in it. The letter writer had been given the book as a gift and was over the moon about this photo. Now, had the author decided to say something humorous or disparaging about the folks in that photo, the letter would have been far different and might have mentioned lawyers. So, writers, be careful what you say when you are writing a book, especially when writing captions about historical photos. There really are people behind those photos, living people related to those shown in the pictures, people who care very much about what you say concerning their relatives. Tread carefully, use restraint, be respectful. You never know when you too may receive a letter from a relative. Do your best to make sure that letter is a happy one.
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