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

Sightseeing

I believe this photo is from the early 1950s. My guess is based on the type of negative. The image shows a couple boarding a boat. In the background, I view a larger ship, which leads me to believe they are on a large body of water. Perhaps, one of the Great Lakes, a bay, or the ocean. Of course, I have no way to fact check this guess.

The only clue is the life preserver, which reads Harbor Sightseer. But even that bit of information did not provide further details of the location.

There is a gentleman at the bottom of the ramp. He is dressed all in white with a coordinating hat. I am assuming he is taking tickets for the tour.

What do you see?

Cabinet Card Photo: Couple

From my research, the cabinet card with lettering helps narrow down the date to the late 1800s. Due to the guidelines for a successful photo, the couple appears to be stiff and rigid. But to get a well-developed image at this time, the subjects in the picture could not move. In fact, if you study the photo closely, the couple is not even looking toward the photographer.

I am assuming the couple was wealthy. Not too many people got their photos taken during this time frame. Besides, their clothing style suggests wealth. Of course, I do not know if my assumptions are accurate. Perhaps, the couple saved to get the photo done and simply wearing their Sunday best.

The photo was taken at the East Side Gallery in Butler, Indiana. The image was finished by Neuman’s Superior Finish, which I find fascinating.

What do you see when you look at this image?

Playing Outdoors

If I were to guess, I would say the boy in the photo is about 3 years old. He seems to be enjoying his time outdoors. From his clothing and the motor home in the background, I estimate the image was taken in the late 1940s.

I do have a couple other frames in this particular lot that show motor homes in a line. I cannot match them to this specific image. The young boy’s clothes are heavy and durable. In addition, he is wearing a hat to cover his ears, which leads me to believe the weather is cooler.

Of course, I have no way of known if the family is visiting a campground or living in a park area. I know many families would live out of motor homes to be close to work areas.

Tell me what you think.

A Scenic View

Yes, this photo definitely shows signs of age from the worn negative. The scenic view shows a church and a courtyard, which I imagine is full of beautiful flowers.

Now, this negative was a single cut. But there are numerous other photos of two women in uniform on different sets of negatives.

I cannot guarantee they are from the same time frame. I am just guessing.

Anyone have an idea where the photo was taken?

The Bride & Her Bridesmaids

The bride’s smile is the one thing that I love about this image. Of course, I truly do not know if the other two women with their backs to the camera are bridesmaids. I am basing my guess on the flowers in their hair. But the bride seems to be bidding her friends goodbye as she steps toward her new adventure.

From the type of negative, I am guessing this photo was taken in the early 60s.

Tell me, what do you think when you view this photo?

Old Airplane

Can you imagine watching this airplane leave the ground for the first time?

The airplane image came from a bunch of negatives that I purchased on eBay. A lot of the negatives were beyond repair. But I managed to pull this image off one.

What do you think? Can anyone provide any information on this beautiful airplane?

A Writer? A Teacher? A Nature Lover?

For those who follow this blog, you already know I love old photos. But there are some images; I just crave to know more about the person and the circumstances surrounding the photo. This image of a woman sitting at a makeshift picnic table is one of them.

I wonder if the woman is camping with friends. From the overly packed picnic basket, I am assuming she is on a trip. Perhaps, she is at a public park near her home.

I wonder what she is writing. Is she grading her students’ latest papers? Writing letters to loved ones? Keeping a journal of her trip? Or working on a novel? Of course, I will never know.

The picnic basket is overflowing, which makes me think she is there for more than a day. I spotted a loaf of bread with the words “Quaker.” across the package. I can see the coffee pot in the background. There are multiple jars with different contents; one may contain sugar. Perhaps, a jelly is in another jar.

I see a pail for water on the left, which makes sense if she is making coffee over a fire. One aspect that I absolutely love about this photo, no plastic containers or throw away single-serve items. Everything extra is in glass containers.

What do you spot in this photo? Anything different than me?

Woman in a Garden

Studying the photo, I would guess the image was taken in the early 1950s. I am basing my guess on the woman’s hairstyle and the type of negative. What do you think?

I don’t have any information on the photo. She is standing by a cartoony looking character.

The plants toward the back are Holly Hocks. I actually have the red Holly Hocks at my house.

I can see the top of a church peeking over the brick building. From the architectural style,  I am guessing the church is Catholic. I wonder if the brick building is part of the church, perhaps, a Catholic school or hospital.

I wonder if the photo was taken in a public garden. I can imagine a beautiful garden located in the downtown city area.

What do you see when you look at the photo? Did I miss anything?

Vintage Photo: 4 Men

Like most of my photos, I do not have any details on this image.

At first glance, I thought maybe the four men were posing after church services. They do resemble each other appearance. Which left me guessing, maybe they were getting together on Easter Sunday.

But I did notice, one of the women in the background is dressed all in black. Her appearance leads me to think the 4 men were attending a funeral. Do I know for certain, of course not?

What do you think?

Until next time…peace