Vintage Photo: A Man and His Basket

I really like this older photo. Of course, I do not have any facts or other information surrounding the image. All my input is simply guesswork.

The older gentleman is holding a small wicker basket. To me, the basket looks to be lined with a napkin or cloth, which was a common practice for fresh baked goods or other food.

In my opinion, de looks to be a hard-working man. With the silo in the background, I am assuming he is a farmer.

Now, he could have prepared the basket himself. Perhaps, he is attending a social event. After church picnics and other community social gatherings were common in the past.

Or perhaps, someone brought him a basket of baked goods as a gift.

Please let me know what you think of the image.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Airplane Factory

In my opinion, this image reminds me of an airplane factory tour. Perhaps, the men in suits are investors or members of the board.

Even after enlarging the photos, I do not view any identifying marks on the airplanes. If anyone knows what types of planes are in the image, I would love your input.

Tell me what you think of the photo?

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: 1950s Classroom

From the style of dress and the type of negative, I am guessing the photo was taken in the 1952s. To me, this photo looks like a “yearbook image,” a posed picture.

What do I notice about this photo?

  • The girls are all in the front desks. The boys are in the back. In fact, some of the boys are standing.
  • The girls are all in dresses. My mom attended school in the 50s. She would tell me stories about only being able to wear dresses or skirts to school, even on the coldest of days. Either type of attire had to be below the knee, or they would be sent home. If they wore pants under their skirts to walk to school, they had to immediately go to the restroom to remove them.
  • The boys are mostly wearing plaid shirts with white tee shirts underneath.
  • Some of the girls are definitely posing for the photo.
  • One of the girls is wearing lipstick. I find this surprising because the dress codes were strict in schools during this time.
  • The sign in the back reads, “ART CALLS.” Surrounding the sign is multiple pieces of artwork.

Yes, I wonder why the class is posed for the photo. The image could easily be for the yearbook. Or perhaps, the class had a guest speaker or other event, the photo was taken to remember the occasion.

Let me know what you think.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Family Posing on Steps

The photo features a family standing on the steps in front of a house. Generally, I would like to think the photo was taken for a special occasion, a holiday or a wedding. But often family photos were taken on a day of a funeral.

I do not have any information about this family. My guess…well I am assuming the two men and the women standing in the background are all brothers and sisters. They do resemble one another. Of course, the other woman standing in the front row is holding the one man’s hand. Considering the era of the photo, I would guess they are man and wife.

By the style of clothing, I would date the photo around the late 1940s.

Let me know what you think.

Until next time…peace

3 Men in the Military

The man on the left shows up in a lot of these negatives that I am digitalizing right now. I am assuming the photos originally belonged to him.

Like the other photos, I do not have any background information. I can tell the images are from an Army base. But I do not know any other data.

If you happen to notice something familiar, please share your findings in the comments.

Until next time…peace

A Man and His Plane

Ok…so I have no way of knowing if the plane actually belongs to the man in the photo. I am just assuming. Again, I have no details of this print. I would love to know who he was. Did he build the plane? Did he own the aircraft? Or is he just an average citizen posing by the plane? I truly doubt I will ever know his story.

I did some research on the white star with a circle in the middle. But I could not find an exact match. So if anyone out there has more information on airplanes, I would love to know the details.

Until next time…peace

Lost Memories: A Man in Uniform

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.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Market

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.

What are your observations? Did I miss anything?

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photos: Zoo

Does anyone recognize the zoo in these photos? I am curious to know if the zoo is still open today.

I believe the photos are from the 1960s.

 

I honestly cannot tell what type of animal is in the cage. Does anyone have a guess? Perhaps the creature is a monkey.

 

The photographer apparently enjoyed watching the bears. There were several photos of the bears.

I can’t help but think the one bear looks sad in the photo. I am not a fan of animals in cages. I do advocate rehabilitation and return to the wild when possible.
Of course, this bear does look like he/she is enjoying the attention of the crowd.
Does this bear seem close? I know there was probably a barrier. But animals should be protected from people.
Gibbon…yes I read the sign.
A giraffe…I hope he/she was not alone.

 

I love elephants. I hope to see one in the wild someday.

 

 

 

I am not certain if the duck photo is part of the zoo or not. Without any background, I have no way of knowing. But I know most zoos have ducks and other smaller animals.

 

I hope everyone has a great Saturday. Do you have a favorite zoo or wildlife sanctuary?

Until next time…peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Photo: Airplane

Purchasing a box of old negatives is always a gift to me. I love seeing a glimpse of a lifestyle long gone.  In a recent find, I was able to digitalize numerous plane photos. Now, the airplanes are definitely far from being modern. In fact, some of them do not resemble airplanes at all.

As always, I wish I could provide more details. But I do not have enough knowledge about this aircraft or any others to provide specifications.

Originally, I thought the plane was in an old barn. But looking at the photo closely, the windows do not match a barn type building. I am assuming the photo was taken inside of a warehouse or hanger. But I could be wrong.

If anyone has any ideas on the plane, I would love to know your thoughts.

Until next time…peace