Sunday, December 13, 2009

250 Images--The Missing Person's Fliers From September 11th, 2001

Louis Nevaer Photo by Ronald J Colleran, Buffalo News
Nevaer graduated from Cornell University with a degree in economics in 1984.

Bronston Jones

Jones is a stand-up comedian, and a television producer and director. His only credits as a photographer relate to his work after 9/11 concerning the missing persons posters.

Deconstructing the phony elements from within the narrative of the U.S. government-sponsored fraud known as "the day 19 Muslim terrorists flew large Boeings into buildings, is simple once you know where to look. In an entirely bogus work of fiction undertaken by second-rate operatives, you simply have to look absolutely everywhere.

One much publicized detail of the narrative consisted of Kinko's-photocopied missing-person's fliers that went up all over Manhattan in the days after September 11th. I've collected 250 images here of those displays.

A panoramic set of four zoom-able images depicting the Lexington Avenue Armory exterior lined with posters and fliers---but not at a resolution high enough to make out names. This was the original display.

SSG Raul Echevarria, NYARNG, Image #1493

A close second to the Armory, in terms of original storyboard legitimacy, was the display erected at Saint Vincent's Hospital.

Saint Vincent's Hospital

But Park Avenue South?
Park Avenue South?

Gary Taustine, Image # 2223 Still missing on November 22nd 2001, corner of East 26th and Park Avenue South.

More bad use of crafting materials.

Long line of missing person fliers outside NYU's Greenberg Hall.

NYU Medical Center Wall photographed by Bronston Jones
"The outside of the New York University Medical Center became wallpapered in 'missing' fliers as families converged on the hospital seeking information about their loved ones.

"Family members were given a list of hospitals across the city which had admitted victims on September 11. Each of these hospitals was covered in fliers as family members moved from one to the next."

Eventually, the theme became completely corrupted. As in the Wall of Prayers and the Mural of Hope displays.

Wall of Prayers/ Mural of Hope

Paul Elgert, Image #891 Wall of Prayers, Bellevue Hospital, 27th St. and First Ave. NYC.

Swarming Locusts Cover News Vans

Times Square Subway station.

"Times Square Subway Station", photographed by Bronston Jones

"The subway station at 42 Street, beneath Times Square, became a haunting memorial.

"Because many subway lines intersect here, families hoped that the busy flow of pedestrians would alert as many people as possible that they were looking for any information about their loved ones. Busy commuters would take the time to stop and look at the faces of their missing neighbors."

Michael Jones, Image #1875

13 images likely of co-conspiring family members. The last image has a display noted as "Missing Persons Wall," lest there be any confusion.

Photos of Actual Family Members

"Praying at the Armory Wall" photographed by Bronston Jones
"The Armory on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets housed the initial Family Assistance Center. As families waited in line to officially report their loved one missing, the walls of the Armory and adjacent buildings became covered in fliers. After a couple weeks the Family Center was moved from the Armory, but the fliers remained.

"New Yorkers and visitors alike began visiting the Armory Wall to pay their respects to the victims and to share in the pain. Orange County, CA Sheriff Chaplain Harley Broviak shares a prayer with two women along the wall on the side of the Armory. Sights such as this weren't uncommon throughout the city."

Ken Diaz near First Avenue hospitals, looking for his cousin.

The Smithsonian Museum trots this unnamed man out in a photograph taken by Donald Lokuta for some vicsim reassurance. He may be Elferis's uncle, in which case we can call him at 917-449-5219. Otherwise, we can reach his mother at 718-888-3319.
Elferis Family Foundation
P.O Box 560426
College Point NY 11356-0426
Phone Numbers:
Tel: 718-359-9926
Fa: 212-333-8949
Email Address:
Organization Officers:
President: Robert Elferis
Vice President: Anthony Moreno
2nd Vice President: Rick King
Secretary: Elizabeth Wild
Treasurer: Brian McLoughltin
Sgt. of Arms: Joseph Elferis

15 images showing the unlikely choice of attaching paper fliers to various types of fencing.


Missing Posters Pasted onto Advertising, Often Bus Stop Shelters

Only two images to be found showing missing person's posters down at the Wall Street area.
Wall Street

Phone Booths


The "Please Find My Daddy" Ploy

Union Square

Washington Square Park

wtc_1 Image by Simon Jones

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Why were so many of the names seen in this montage below begin with the letter P. Since it isn't clear from looking at the illustration if this is an original assemblage, or if it represents a remounting for historical preservation.

pt54 Peter Turnley

pt25 Peter Turnley

Olga Maryschuk, Image #199, Sept. 17, 2001. Schoolgirls on the SW corner of 14th St. and Avenue A, NYC.

Anonymous, Image #1850


The original missing persons fliers line the wall of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, located at Liberty St. next to Ladder 10.

Fire Department Displays

Give Blood

Arlington Virgina

Myrna Jacobs, Image #2624 A display in Las Vegas with Mardi Gras beads adornment.
United Airlines Flight 175 Passenger List

An exhibit at the McGreggor Grill in 2005.

An exhibit at the McGreggor Grill in 2005.

"America Weeps" photograph by Bronston Jones

"In the days after September 11 the city became covered in missing person fliers. Soon it rained---the ink began to run, the colors began to fade, and the paper began to tear. Bronston saw this flier on his first day in New York.

"This photograph of the flag 'crying' as an unidentifiable young man's face washes away has become a compelling symbol of America's grief. Many visitors to the exhibit have compared this image to Arlington's 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.' The man in the flier has come to represent all we lost.

"As much as this image represents grief and mourning, this flier has also come to represent hope. Each of the fliers was a sign of hope. Each of the families hoped with all their heart that someone would recognize the face in the picture as someone they saw on the street. This family's hope was realized-- they found their son.

"About a week after this photograph was taken, the young man was found alive and well. Because of the difficulties communicating in and out of the city, his family could not contact their son.. After a week with no word, his father traveled to New York to report him missing. Days later, a reporter ran his picture in the newspaper, a policeman recognized him on the street, and they contacted his father. Their hopes were realized.

"This is the only flier in this exhibit where this is the case."

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