Happy World Photography Day

How long have you been taking pictures? When I was 12, my grandfather gave me an old 126 film camera.

I thought I had the world. Compared to today’s cameras, the 126 is a dinosaur. But I still remember the feeling of setting up displays or photographing nature. Over the years, my photo skills have drastically improved. Bu my love for nature is still as strong as ever.

I wish he could see how my photography has changed over the years.

And, how a simple camera was the start of a lifetime adventure in photography.

Until next time…peace

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Side View of the Hospital

In the photos I am currently digitalizing, I notice nurses in full uniform and military personnel. A few photos show a military base in a remote area (I will post those later, they need some extra work). Do I know this hospital photo is near the base…no? I am just guessing based on the other photos. A couple of the other photos were taken in California. But I cannot verify if this hospital was near there or not.  In my opinion, the hospital is a grand structure.

The photo was labeled “side view of the hospital”.  I am assuming the nurses were caring for patients and living on site. The photo dates for the rest of the pictures were 1942. But, there was not a date on this particular photo.

If anyone knows, where this hospital was or even if it still exists, I would love some information.

Until next time…peace

 

Doodlebug

The vehicle in the photograph reminds me of something my father would make. He loves converting old cars into a tractor-like vehicle or a doodlebug.

Do I know the photograph is a doodlebug? No, I, unfortunately, I do not have enough information about the photo to accurately describe the vehicle. I wish I did.

The other photos/negatives from this particular estate sale range from 1940 to 1950. I am assuming the date of the photograph falls within this decade.

I cleaned up the negative to the best of my abilities. If anyone has any further information or thoughts on the photograph, I would love to hear them.

Until next time….peace

 

Here Comes the Train

I admit, my knowledge of trains is minimal. I cleaned up this old negative to the best of my abilities. The negative was covered with a substance. I am assuming something was spilled on it at one time.

When I see old trains, I immediately think about train robbers, heists, and heading out to the West coast for a new life. I am pretty sure this train is from the 1940’s or 1950’s. The rest of the negatives and photos from this estate had those dates.

If anyone has any knowledge of trains, I would love to learn more.

Until next time…peace

From Inside the Tunnel

I have slowly been working through my recent stack of old photos and negatives.

The back of the photo reads, “from inside the tunnel”. I wish I knew the location of the tunnel.

Any ideas?

Until next time…peace

Lamert Field Air Races

The original photo is the view from the distance. I cleaned it up. I also tried a crop version of the photo.

The back of the original small print reads Lamert Field Air Races. When I researched the name, my results were all Lambert field. I do not know if the spelling was wrong on the back of the photo. Or perhaps, the Lamert Field simply does not exist anymore. I do not have enough information. So if anyone knows the history of Lamert or Lambert, please share.

Until next time…peace

1937 Group Photo

I admit I have spent a significant amount of time viewing this photo. The photo has a time-stamped date on the back from when the image was developed, August 6, 1937. I cannot read the entire photo service stamp. But the location of the photo development service was located in Portland, Maine. I was actually surprised to see the location.

The other photos and negatives were from California or military locations. I do take into consideration, the box was a mixed lot from an estate sale. So, the images could have originated from several sources.

Let’s get some perspective about the time frame of this photo. In 1937, Gas was only 10 cents a gallon. Can you imagine? A loaf of bread was 9 cents. A new home ran an average price of $4100.00. Of course, an average year’s wage was only around $1800.00.

1937 was the year Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific Ocean. The passenger aircraft, the Hindenberg, caught fire in Lakehurst, New Jersey. And, J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit was published in September.

I wished I could have cleaned the image up more. But the photo was small and damaged. The corresponding negative was in worse condition.

What I noticed about the photo…

  • The people are in the photo are all ages.
  • The gentleman on the far left looks to be an artist, a painter. I wonder if the group is watching him paint. Or, is he painting a portrait of the group?
  • The young man in the front row (laying down) seems extremely relaxed about the whole ordeal. I am only guessing. But the other young man sitting beside him seems to be his best friend or maybe his brother. They seem to be talking to each other.
  • The young girl sitting by the two young men seems extremely interested in their conversation. I wonder if she is or wants to be a girlfriend to the man sitting up.
  • Now the girl sitting next to her looks bored. I am assuming she is the friend of the girl interested in the conversation.
  • I wish I could see the faces of the two people with large hats. I am intrigued.
  • The women sitting toward the back, I can see the one’s slip. As my great aunts would say, she is properly dressed. There is a child clutching on to the one woman.
  • The gentleman standing against the wall look as if they would like to be anywhere but there.
  • The man sitting next to the two women is bending down. I think he is petting a dog. While his wife is watching contently.
  • The rest of the group seem to be watching an event or engaged in idle conversation.

I would like to guess the photo is part of a family reunion or a wedding. I know, I will never know. But I enjoy imagining their lives.

Until next time…peace