Carl & Mayme Schmidt-1942

This image was part of an eBay lot. The seller did not provide much information. But luckily, the photo has faded writing on the back.

The information reads:

*1942

*Carl & Mayme Schmidt

I like this old photo. What do I notice? I wish I could see the picture hanging on the wall. I want the old lamp. The wooden door in the background seems fitting for an older house.

As always, I wish I had more information on the couple. Does anyone out there recognize them? I would love to know their story.

First Congregational Church, St. Johns, MI

One of the photos I recently purchased off eBay was an image of the First Congregational Church in St. Johns, Michigan. I don’t have a date for the picture. If someone can tell me the year of the car in the image, I can have a better guess when the photo was taken.

I love old original buildings that are still in use today.

Unknown Lady

Do you ever look at a photo and wonder about the person in the image? Or am I the only person who thinks this way? I would love to know this lady’s story. I would also like to know what she is holding in her hand.

I do not know much about this image. The photo came in a group of negatives I purchased from eBay. The person who sold me the photos only stated the pictures were from an estate sale in Pennsylvania. But the seller could not give me any more information.

What do you think she has in hand?

 

Main Street, St. Johns, Michigan

Can you imagine catching the trolley to go up Main Street? I would love to step back in time to stroll down through the little shops past all the carriages. Of course, I would have to pet every horse on the way.

What do you see when you look at this photo? I do not have a date. I purchased the photo from eBay. But I just love it.

St. Johns, My Hometown

I absolutely love this old photo. I purchased the image off eBay. I cleaned it up a bit. But, I love the old fashion scene. It amazes me, especially when you compare the picture to today’s view.

What do you think?

Until next time…peace

A Religious Event?

There is always some photos that I just crave more information. This is one of them. The original image is old, faded, and printed on postcard type paper. Why do I assume a religious event? Well, the young girl, dressed all in white, could be taking her first communion.  The older gentleman, perhaps her father, appears to be well-dressed in his Sunday best.

What do you think?

Until next time…peace

A Class? A Choir? A Planning Committee?

The photo arrived in a group I purchased off eBay. From the style of dress and the type of photo, I would guess the image was taken around the late 1950s or early 1950s. The gentleman on the far right looks to be a professor or other authoritative figure. Perhaps, they are planning the prom or homecoming activities.

The group may be participating in the choir or other community activity. I honestly do not know the right answer. I attempted to zoom in on the papers, but I could not read them.

What would your guess be?

Until next time…peace.

August 28, 1921

Do I know what happened on August 28, 1921? No, but the couple in the photo seem happy. The back of the photo only provided the date, August 28, 1921.

Perhaps the couple just bought their first home. Or maybe they were recently married. Or the photographer who you can see by the shadow just wanted a photo. I will never know. But I hope the couple lived a long, happy life.

Until next time…peace.

The Joys of a Grandmother

Ok, I have really no idea if the lady in the photo is actually a grandmother. I do a lot of guessing with my old photos. The child does seem extremely interested in the book.

I remember days of listening to my grandfather’s stories. I also vaguely remember my grandmother. I do remember sitting on their old sofa. There were always picture books of animals on the bookshelf. I can remember looking at them. (So my love of wildlife started at an early age.)

When you look at this photo, what do you see? Do you have any stories about your grandparents that you would like to share?

 

2020 Reflections

First, I want to thank everyone, old and new followers, for reading my blog. I plan to continue with my nature and vintage pictures. My absence from this blog is due to my house fire right before Christmas. In one single evening, I lost everything, my photos, my writings, my mementos, and my beloved pets. I cannot even begin to describe the heartache from this event.

But I am here. I am grateful. I have a roof over my head (I moved back home with my dad). I have food and clothing. I still have my car and my job. I am actually luckier than many right now. I set out each day with the hope that everything will get easier.

The overwhelming event has given me insight. When everything falls apart, you realize who is there to stand by you. From my neighbors dropping off food to my cousin who set up a GoFund Me page, I appreciate all the generosity.

Of course, I already searching for old photos, slides, and negatives to use.

Until next time…peace