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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.