(Above) Original CDV from Dr. Thomas Davis, Scranton, PA. Click image for larger view.

(Above) Detail. Click image for larger view.

HERE IS A PHOTOGRAPH THAT BEGS FOR MORE INFORMATION. I haven’t been able to find anything on this fellow, Dr. Thomas Davis from Scranton, PA who is shown in this photograph with six of his very creepy creations made from roots and what appears to be carved wood. To my knowledge, root creations are descended from African traditions, so it is a bit unusual to see a white man involved in “rootology” and making sculpture from roots. Medicine from roots is one thing—but sculpture? Interesting that he didn’t consider himself an artist, or he might have had that listed. Additionally, Dr. Davis was no spring chicken when this photo was taken in 1919, which means he very possibly began his “practice” in the late 19th century.

If anyone can shed some light on this amazing photograph or anything at all about Dr. Davis or his sculptures, please write in.

Digital image © John Foster, Accidental Mysteries.