Believe it or not, the one part of the photo that interests me most is hidden on the right-hand side of the mantle:
After some digging around, I think he's standing next to the Navy/Marine version of the B-25 Mitchell bomber, the PBJ-1. Boy, aren't I being nerdy. I just think it's interesting that a photo like that would have a place on a mantle. If you've seen a larger version of the photo, please drop me a line.