I surprised at how far back some of our images go. Was there was a Tribune photographer at the scene 2,000 years ago for biggest story of the B.C. era?
Historians might quibble with the details. Mary and Joseph look a little young. Yes, and the Franciscan order was not founded until 1221 A.D. Another problem, glasses and hearing aids. Oh, yeah, no cameras back then either. OK, maybe we need to find the clipping.
Turns out it is a 1968 photo promoting Mission San Miguel’s Las Posadas celebration. The pageant depicts the story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter for Christ’s birth.
The image was republished December 11, 1976 in the Focus section.