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Solving little mysteries in local history

Who first said “a photo is worth a thousand words”? I doubt the phrase emerged in the caveman era — then it would have been “one stone scratching is worth three grunts and a whistle.”

Serious wordsmiths say the phrase came into usage with slight variation in the early 1800s.

A photo can help us visualize how something long gone functioned; how someone dressed; what an interesting event looked like; where a road once went.

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