I admit, my knowledge of trains is minimal. I cleaned up this old negative to the best of my abilities. The negative was covered with a substance. I am assuming something was spilled on it at one time.
When I see old trains, I immediately think about train robbers, heists, and heading out to the West coast for a new life. I am pretty sure this train is from the 1940’s or 1950’s. The rest of the negatives and photos from this estate had those dates.
If anyone has any knowledge of trains, I would love to learn more.
The original photo is the view from the distance. I cleaned it up. I also tried a crop version of the photo.
The back of the original small print reads Lamert Field Air Races. When I researched the name, my results were all Lambert field. I do not know if the spelling was wrong on the back of the photo. Or perhaps, the Lamert Field simply does not exist anymore. I do not have enough information. So if anyone knows the history of Lamert or Lambert, please share.
I admit I have spent a significant amount of time viewing this photo. The photo has a time-stamped date on the back from when the image was developed, August 6, 1937. I cannot read the entire photo service stamp. But the location of the photo development service was located in Portland, Maine. I was actually surprised to see the location.
The other photos and negatives were from California or military locations. I do take into consideration, the box was a mixed lot from an estate sale. So, the images could have originated from several sources.
Let’s get some perspective about the time frame of this photo. In 1937, Gas was only 10 cents a gallon. Can you imagine? A loaf of bread was 9 cents. A new home ran an average price of $4100.00. Of course, an average year’s wage was only around $1800.00.
1937 was the year Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific Ocean. The passenger aircraft, the Hindenberg, caught fire in Lakehurst, New Jersey. And, J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit was published in September.
I wished I could have cleaned the image up more. But the photo was small and damaged. The corresponding negative was in worse condition.
What I noticed about the photo…
The people are in the photo are all ages.
The gentleman on the far left looks to be an artist, a painter. I wonder if the group is watching him paint. Or, is he painting a portrait of the group?
The young man in the front row (laying down) seems extremely relaxed about the whole ordeal. I am only guessing. But the other young man sitting beside him seems to be his best friend or maybe his brother. They seem to be talking to each other.
The young girl sitting by the two young men seems extremely interested in their conversation. I wonder if she is or wants to be a girlfriend to the man sitting up.
Now the girl sitting next to her looks bored. I am assuming she is the friend of the girl interested in the conversation.
I wish I could see the faces of the two people with large hats. I am intrigued.
The women sitting toward the back, I can see the one’s slip. As my great aunts would say, she is properly dressed. There is a child clutching on to the one woman.
The gentleman standing against the wall look as if they would like to be anywhere but there.
The man sitting next to the two women is bending down. I think he is petting a dog. While his wife is watching contently.
The rest of the group seem to be watching an event or engaged in idle conversation.
I would like to guess the photo is part of a family reunion or a wedding. I know, I will never know. But I enjoy imagining their lives.
Photos are glimpses of the past. Everyday memories without any documented history. Many photos in my recent lot are military related. I believe this gentleman was in the Royal Air Force. I am not 100% positive. So if I am wrong, please let me know in the comments below.
But from my knowledge of history, I believe his patch is for a pilot. In fact, I think the top of the design is a crown and the initials R.A.F. I would love to know who this gentleman was. Did he serve in WWII? Again, I am guessing from the age of the other photos.
Did he get married? Where was this photo taken? All questions lost in everyday history.
The image is from my latest finds. I cannot tell you if the picture is labeled music observatory or conservatory. I am assuming the writing reads music conservatory, Pasenda College. But I am not 100%.
The date is hard to read too. The original owner of the photograph wrote in pencil. So, the date either reads 1940 or 1946. Even though I did look up the information, I cannot find an exact match to the photo. If anyone knows, the history behind the photograph, please contact me. I am curious as usual.
After searching through my latest purchase, I was disappointed not to find a photo or negative of the bride and groom. There are other photos is the group that may be part of the wedding party. But they do not have labels. I can only guess.
I did come across one more photo from the Napa Church. The photo is labeled Rev. and Mrs. Johnson-1952.
A box full of old negatives and photographs is a treasure trove for me. I just love looking through each image. I wonder how people lived. Were they happy? Did they have children? How were they employed? I realize I will probably never know their stores. But I still like to imagine how they lived.
In this set, I found some clues. There were both negatives and the photos had labels.
The main photo is labeled Napa Church.
The next clue from outside the church is a photo with the label Mrs. Morgan-1952
I think the little boy in the bottom right corner is fascinated about the whole wedding experience.
Next photo has the label, Mr. and Mrs. McLeod…Mr. Webb-1952.
I am hoping I will find more photos related to this particular day. The church is beautiful. Even with my research, I still cannot find if the church is still around today or not.
Sorting through my recent pile of photos, this one caught my eye. From the tilted potted plant on the side to the look on the girls’ faces, I would love to know more about the photo. I can guess, a boarding school for girls or finishing school. Or perhaps, they were just all together for a church choir. I truly will probably never know the real story.