The Mystery of John Paul Jones and an unidentified man, circa 1965

Black and white photograph of two men sit outside engaged in a conversation. The man on the left, John Paul Jones, is closer to the camera, leaning back while talking, and holding a cup of coffee. The man on the right, unidentified, is wearing glasses and looking at Jones. There are vines on a brick wall behind them, and both men are wearing suit jackets, Jones’ made of tweed and lighter in color than the other man’s.
John Paul Jones and an unidentified man, circa 1965. John Paul Jones papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Mystery:

Where: unknown

When: circa 1965

Who: John Paul Jones (left) and unidentified man (right)

What: Drinking coffee and talking outside

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