Received the below email and photograph from Linda Toppo who needs some help in identifying the explorer in the picture...


Hello,

My father-in-law (Renato Toppo) was a portrait photographer in the 1930s. He did portraits of Robert Ripley, Atillio and Ellen Gatti, and Martin and Osa Johnson (including the double profile of them known as the "Baboona photo". Aside from them, he also did numerous people in the arts, business, and music.

We have a photo of a distinguished man in a pith helmet and safari type jacket we are trying to identify. The Martin and Osa Johnson museum told us it is not Martin Johnson - they thought it might be Frank Buck. However, the photos I've seen of him do not resemble this gentleman.

If I was to send you a JPEG version of the photo, do you think anyone connected with this website might be able to help us in the identification?

Thank you for your time and attention.
Sincerely,
Linda Toppo