THE BATTLE OF THE
McGinty vs. Sylvester
Jeff Smith will be a
talking head (interviewed in July) for a new show on mummies.
This one episode will be about Sylvester the petrified man
located at the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle, Washington.
Those who have read
ALIAS SOAPY SMITH
know that Soapy Smith had a petrified man named McGinty. The book
has a 19th century photo of McGinty, as well as the full story
and facts of Soapy's possession of it between 1892-1895. Also
included is a well-rounded theory of who McGinty/Sylvester may
have been! The evidence is pretty strong, but the show plans to
try to make a final determination if Sylvester is actually
The image above is an older photo of McGinty/Sylvester taken
outside near what appears to be a tent. Soapy sold his McGinty
in Hillyard, Washington in 1895 and I believe this photo was
taken when the petrified man went on display at the Alaska-Yukon
exhibition in 1904.
(Sylvester) during taping of Mummies Alive in Seattle, Washington.
Jefferson Randolph Smith's II
had the pleasure of being a "talking head," speaking about Soapy
Smith and the theory of the identity of McGinty.
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