A look back at portraits of Seattle Times employees.

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This great face belongs to John M. “Hack” Miller, who was a Seattle Times staff photographer starting in 1936.

In 1942, he went to work at the rival Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He shot a famous 1947 photo of Ivar Haglund as the restaurateur took advantage of a syrup-tanker spill on the waterfront. Haglund, a publicity hound, grabbed a stack of pancakes from his restaurant, put on some rubber boots and waded into the syrup to sit down to “breakfast.”

Miller and his wife, Helen, had two sons, Leo and Charles. He died in 1965, at the age of 65, in Phoenix, Ariz., from lung cancer.

Past Times is a weekly series sharing old portraits of former Seattle Times employees from our negative archive.