In Apple mail for OSX, I have pictures enabled for both the mail list view as well as in the message itself. This works fairly well, grabbing pictures from my contacts except for one person. Their picture doesn't show up and I don't know what makes them unique.

When I click on their name and select "Show Contact Card" it shows their picture. I can't understand what conditions would cause that picture to not show up in the mail itself.

  • How did you add the picture for this one contact?
    – myhd
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 0:10
  • @myhd It was automatically ported over from my iPhone by taking a picture with the camera.
    – Resorath
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 0:21
  • Hmmm... difficult! You could inspect the contents of the Contact with a text editor. In Contacts, click and hold the desired contact until a small vcard icon appears, then drag to the Desktop — a .vcf file appears. Then open it with your favorite text editor and look for "PHOTO;" ➝ how do the following lines look like?
    – myhd
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 10:35
  • Looks like every other contact. PHOTO;ENCODING=b;TYPE=JPEG: followed by the actual encoded image.
    – Resorath
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 17:46
  • Have you tried to delete, then re-import the contact?
    – myhd
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 18:00

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This happens when you have the contact's email address duplicated in another contact.

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    I can't confirm this Im afraid
    – Daij-Djan
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 10:17

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