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‘Our Weekly Portrait’ – Readings of Character Based on Photographs Sent In to Historical Newspapers

There are some fascinating newspaper columns in The Archive. While looking for a story about something else (we can’t remember what it was!), we stumbled upon the ‘Our Weekly Portrait’ feature, which was published in ‘The Western Mail’. The way this column worked was that people would send in a photograph of a person, and a reading of that person’s character would then be published, based on the photograph supplied. Admittedly, this was all done long before people perfected their

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