'Stick Man' on the Led Zeppelin album cover: a mystery finally solved'Stick Man' on the Led Zeppelin album cover: a mystery finally solved

‘Stick Man’ on the Led Zeppelin album cover: a mystery finally solved.

'Stick Man' on the Led Zeppelin album cover: a mystery finally solved
‘Stick Man’ on the Led Zeppelin album cover: a mystery finally solved

The long-ago man carrying a ‘Stick Man’ on the cover of the “Led Zeppelin IV” album has finally been identified, over fifty years later.

The Wiltshire Museum in southwest England released a statement on Wednesday describing “Stick Man” as a thatcher from the late Victorian era who appeared on the cover of English rock band Led Zeppelin’s fourth studio album in 1971.

Lot Long, also referred to as Long Year, was born in the Wiltshire town of Mere in 1823 and was living in a small cottage as a widower when the picture was taken. Lot Long is believed to be the thatcher. He passed away in 1893, the museum claims. (‘Stick Man’)

The discovery was made by visiting research fellow Brian Edwards of the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), who came across the original black and white photo with the handwritten phrase “A Wiltshire Thatcher” on it.

According to Edwards, who spoke with BBC Radio Wiltshire on Wednesday, the thumb print in the corner of the photo suggests that it is the original.

The Victorian photo album “Reminiscences of a Visit to Shaftesbury” contained it. Whit Monday, 1892 A gift to Auntie from Ernest,” the museum claims, included over 100 street scenes and architectural views in addition to a few portraits of rural laborers. (‘Stick Man’)

Edwards stated in the release, “I really hope the discovery of this Victorian photograph pleases and entertains (surviving band members) Robert, Jimmy, and John Paul. Lead Zeppelin created the soundtrack that has accompanied me since my teenage years.” (‘Stick Man’)

The long-ago man carrying a stick on the cover of the “Led Zeppelin IV” album has finally been identified, over fifty years later.

The Wiltshire Museum in southwest England released a statement on Wednesday describing “Stick Man” as a thatcher from the late Victorian era who appeared on the cover of English rock band Led Zeppelin’s fourth studio album in 1971. (‘Stick Man’)

A research fellow at the University of the West of England rediscovered the original black and white photograph of the “Stick Man,” who is now identified as a Wiltshire thatcher.

A research fellow at the University of the West of England rediscovered the original black and white photograph of the “Stick Man,” who is now identified as a Wiltshire thatcher. (‘Stick Man’)

Thanks to the Wiltshire Museum

Lot Long, also referred to as Long Year, was born in the Wiltshire town of Mere in 1823 and was living in a small cottage as a widower when the picture was taken. Lot Long is believed to be the thatcher. He passed away in 1893, the museum claims. (‘Stick Man’)

The discovery was made by visiting research fellow Brian Edwards of the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), who came across the original black and white photo with the handwritten phrase “A Wiltshire Thatcher” on it.

According to Edwards, who spoke with BBC Radio Wiltshire on Wednesday, the thumb print in the corner of the photo suggests that it is the original.

The Victorian photo album “Reminiscences of a visit to Shaftesbury” contained it. Whit Monday, 1892. A gift to Auntie from Ernest,” the museum claims, included over 100 street scenes and architectural views in addition to a few portraits of rural laborers.

Edwards stated in the release, “I really hope the discovery of this Victorian photograph pleases and entertains (surviving band members) Robert, Jimmy, and John Paul. Lead Zeppelin created the soundtrack that has accompanied me since my teenage years.”

John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham (1948–1980), members of the British rock group Led Zeppelin, standing in front of their private jet, The Starship, in 1973. Hulton Archive/Getty Images provided the image.

Members of the Zeppelin (left to right) In 1973, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham posed in front of their private jet, The Starship.

Hulton Archive/Photos by Getty

Edwards claims that the writing in the album and a partial signature discovered online indicate that the picture was taken by the well-known Victorian photographer Ernest Howard Farmer.

The band’s lead singer, Robert Plant, is said to have found the colored version of the picture in an antique shop close to guitarist Jimmy Page’s home in Berkshire, southern England, according to the university.

The “Led Zeppelin IV” album cover, which strangely featured no words at all—not even the band’s name—was limited to this colored version.

The statement claims that the album has been sold over 37 million times worldwide since its release in 1971.

The picture of the old man, with his gray beard and weathered face, carrying a bundle of hazel twigs on his back while holding onto a long stick to support his weight, became well-known as a result.

According to a statement from the museum, David Dawson, the director, said, “It is fascinating to see how this theme of rural and urban contrasts was developed by Led Zeppelin and became the focus for this iconic album cover 70 years later.”

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