I have seen this photo before. According to the caption text, the location "Kotzebue" is the same area of Alaska where the famous "Seattle World's Fair" polar bear shot by hunter Authur Dubs who IMHO, shares a striking facial resemblance to one of the people in your photograph; here, these coincidences provide some possible answers. Also, the clothing and the photo itself looks like 1955-1965 era. IIRC, Mr. Dubs had some kind of US military service history too (I might be wrong but I thought I read that somewhere). Purportedly, Mr. Dubs produced a lot of documentary video and published books, I am wondering if your photograph originates from one of his productions for example a book.
Post by tripoliraider on Jul 26, 2012 11:34:45 GMT -9
6 of the 10 largest polar bears recorded by Boone and Crockett were shot in Kotzebue. This particular bear is not mentioned in the list although he's "the largest bear ever taken". Dubs bear did not make the list either (as I understood, the skull was broken and they were not able to measure it).
Post by grrraaahhh on Jul 26, 2012 12:19:48 GMT -9
Correct on Mr. Dubs. Also, thanks for the B&C correction (I should have double-checked), there are quite a few trophy polar bears from the same time frame too.
From B&C, the hunter's name is Rodney Lincoln (see caption text), the date of kill is 1954, the location is Point Hope, AK. Skull measurements, GW: 11 2/16 inch, GSL (w/o lower jaw) is 17 5/16 inches, total score: 28 7/16 inches with a top polar bear skull ranking of 10th place.
The term "largest" bear can be tricky to define, skull measurement, weight, body length, etc.
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2012 17:32:31 GMT -9 by grrraaahhh