By Ryan Glasspiegel
May 10, 2013

Staffers at the New York Public Library got as stoked as librarians can get after unearthing a 1939 photo of a Harlem man who looked just like Jay-Z:

Sid Grossman / New York Public Library Sid Grossman / New York Public Library

Library spokeswoman Adenike Olanrewaju made sure to trumpet the Photoshop-free nature of the snapshot, telling the New York Times, “We’re 100% certain it’s legitimate.” In other words, it's just a photo of some unfortunate gent who never got to experience the joys of courting Geno Smith.

Andy Newman/NYT Metro

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