51 years later, Indy couple ID'd as faces in iconic photo
By Christopher Lloyd, The Indianapolis Star
Robert Frank, meet Mack and T Smiley.
The mystery couple in the photograph taken in Indianapolis 51 years ago by Frank for his seminal book, The Americans, have been identified as Matthew and Telester Smiley, known to all their friends as Mack and T.
Several relatives and acquaintances recognized them in the photo published in Sunday's Indianapolis Star and brought it to the attention of Telester Smiley, now 76.
On Tuesday, she pored over pictures of her husband at her Northwestside home, showing him with his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle...
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Beloved bike: Telester Smiley's photo shows her husband, Mack, with his motorcycle and riding gear. "He was crazy about that motorcycle," she said of her husband, who died in 1996 at age 69. They were married 47 years. (Photo credit: Frank Espich, Indianapolis Star)