I recently purchased a box of mixed slides and negatives. I took this image off a slide. I cannot find any others to match the people in the photo.
New Year’s Eve Celebration?
At first, I was guessing the gathering was on New Year’s Eve. But the party may be part of a Christmas celebration.
Here are some of my views after examining the photo:
The party-goers have festive hats. The tissue hats could be for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
Everyone is dressed up. The clothing attire could be part of the celebration or normal for this time. I think the slide is from the late 1950s.
On the far left, you can see cards hanging along the wall. From the pieces I can view, the cards look to be from Christmas.
The napkins have small Poinsettias or other types of red flowers.
The food being served looks simple. Perhaps, the main meal is over, and desserts are out. Or, the party theme was snacks and sweets.
What I love about this photo?
I believe the napkins are cloth. The table setting is all washable and reusable. In fact, the cups and dishware all match. I think we depend on too many throwable items these days. I am guilty of this practice also. But I am trying to do better.
Tell me what you notice about the photo. Did I miss anything?
Old photos are always a wonder to me. I do not have any information about these three women. I can tell they are at house 818. But beyond that, I do not know their story.
I do see a resemblance in their facial features. I am guessing they are related. I wonder if the woman on the right actually lives at 818. She is the only one without a coat. Perhaps, they were getting a quick photo before the other two women left.
Even though the wind still holds the winter chill, the sun is shining brightly today. I am ecstatic to see the first signs of spring. Don’t get me wrong I am positive old man winter is not done with us. But, the early signs of spring always provides an extra mood lift.
The Sandhill Cranes have been voicing their return. Their deep throating rattle is music to my ears as they fly high above me.
The Canadian geese are very vocal down on the river flats. The snow is slowly melting away.
I see Robins searching for food in my yard. The Red-Winged Blackbirds are singing loudly. The slight warm-up brings good cheer to all creatures, not just humans.
The photo, A Man in Uniform, is from a recently purchased group of negatives. The seller did not have any background information on the box of negatives. As I slowly digitalize them, I can tell many are old military photos. My knowledge of the military is slim. I have heard wonderful stories. Actually, many tales are from family members. I even volunteer with a group that sends care packages to military personnel stationed overseas. But, beyond the basics, I am clueless.
So what do I notice about the man in the photo?
I believe he is in the Army. (Please do not yell at me if I got it wrong.)
I am assuming from the tents, he was stationed overseas.
Judging from the amount of dirt on his boots, the terrain is wet. Perhaps, they just had a rainfall.
I think the structure at the end of the tents is a mess hall or medical building.
The first four letters of his last name are: SMAL
Every tent has a trash can on the outside.
Did I miss anything? What do you see?
I would love to learn his story. Was the photo taken during wartime? Did he come home safely? Did he marry? Have children and grandchildren? I will probably never know.
Yes, I am guessing they are at a dinner party. Actually, I think they are celebrating a birthday or a small wedding. The candelabras make me think the image may be from a wedding.
When I enlarge the photo, I can see more details including:
Gifts on the back table which could be for a wedding, birthday, or other celebration.
Champagne or wine bottle on the rectangle table. The front table does have filled wine glasses. At first, I thought the glasses had water in them.
The plates in the background have neatly wrapped little boxes. I can assume the boxes are wrapped with napkins with a trinket inside.
The man sitting at the front table seems to be unwrapping the box.
The second woman on the left is starring down at something which I am assuming was in the boxes.
The people at the table are either drinking coffee or tea.
There’s a lollipop sitting on the table.
Do you see anything I may have missed?
One aspect I love about this photo, everything is washable. The plates, cups, saucers, coffee pot, and other serving ware are reusable. Personally, I think that is habit we all need to implement in our daily lives.
With all my old photos, my view is simply guesswork. I am assuming this photo is a market. I could be wrong. I would love to hear your thoughts.
In the right lower corner, I can see produce on a table or stand. Many markets sell fruits. I can see watermelons and potatoes. I cannot tell if the other is small baked bread or yams. Below the stand, there are baskets with other items.
In the foreground, there is another stand with a number 1437. I am guessing this is a booth number for selling produce. I believe this stand has potatoes too.
My other observations:
I do not view any women in the photo.
I see one child, a boy in almost the middle of the picture. He looks to be concentrating on an object on the table.
The man in the left corner seems oblivious to the scene. He is smoking a cigarette and reading the paper.