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

Vintage Photos: Fishing Adventure

Unfortunately, I do not have much information on these photos. I did purchase them in a lot at an estate sale in St. Johns, Michigan. These four men look to be having a fun-filled day at the lake.

I love the wooden boat. The superior craftsmanship makes the boat unique to me. The four men seem to be enjoying themselves as they head out on to the lake. I wish I knew what lake. I am assuming the lake is inland not one of the Great Lakes. I don’t know if they would take a wooden boat out on one of the Great Lakes. Of course, I am only guessing, I really do not know if they were fishing here in Michigan.

Posing with the daily catch, the men seem to be completely satisfied with the results. From the men’s attire, I am guessing these photos are from the late 1950s or early 1960s. If someone can give me a better timeline, I would love your input.

 

Back at the campfire, enjoying their meal. They appear to be cooking the fish with a can of beans. The tin can is sitting right by the fire. On the ground by the man squatting down, there is a small container of seasoning. I personally do not eat much meat, but the meal he is preparing does look tasty.

Another thing I like about the camp set up, everything on the table is reusable. There is no plastic or disposable items except for the tin can. I can see regular mugs, a thermos, and plates. As a person who loves nature, I feel we should all participate in this type of camping today.

Well, I would like to know your input on these photos. Tell me what you see.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Hiking

I have zero information about this photo.

Here are my observations:

  • Obviously, they are in a mountainous area, but I have no idea about the location.
  • Their form of dress is almost identical. But I cannot completely tell if the two are both women or not. Perhaps, the outfits were fashionable at the time or a part of a uniform.
  •  I love their walking sticks. From my point of view, the walking aids look homemade.
  • I still think they are walking in the snow. Even though the two people have removed their coats or other forms of outerwear, the weather must be warm. Or perhaps, they are walking into the direction of the sun.

Tell me what you think? What do you see when you view the photo? Any ideas?

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

Party Time

I recently purchased a box of mixed slides and negatives. I took this image off a slide. I cannot find any others to match the people in the photo.

New Year’s Eve Celebration?

At first, I was guessing the gathering was on New Year’s Eve. But the party may be part of a Christmas celebration.

Here are some of my views after examining the photo:

  • The party-goers have festive hats. The tissue hats could be for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
  • Everyone is dressed up. The clothing attire could be part of the celebration or normal for this time. I think the slide is from the late 1950s.
  • On the far left, you can see cards hanging along the wall. From the pieces I can view, the cards look to be from Christmas.
  • The napkins have small Poinsettias or other types of red flowers.
  • The food being served looks simple. Perhaps, the main meal is over, and desserts are out. Or, the party theme was snacks and sweets.

What I love about this photo?

I believe the napkins are cloth. The table setting is all washable and reusable. In fact, the cups and dishware all match. I think we depend on too many throwable items these days. I am guilty of this practice also. But I am trying to do better.

Tell me what you notice about the photo. Did I miss anything?

Until next time..peace

The Women of 818

Old photos are always a wonder to me. I do not have any information about these three women. I can tell they are at house 818. But beyond that, I do not know their story.

I do see a resemblance in their facial features. I am guessing they are related. I wonder if the woman on the right actually lives at 818. She is the only one without a coat. Perhaps, they were getting a quick photo before the other two women left.

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: Dinner Party

Yes, I am guessing they are at a dinner party. Actually, I think they are celebrating a birthday or a small wedding. The candelabras make me think the image may be from a wedding.

When I enlarge the photo, I can see more details including:

  • Gifts on the back table which could be for a wedding, birthday, or other celebration.
  • Champagne or wine bottle on the rectangle table. The front table does have filled wine glasses. At first, I thought the glasses had water in them.
  • The plates in the background have neatly wrapped little boxes. I can assume the boxes are wrapped with napkins with a trinket inside.
  • The man sitting at the front table seems to be unwrapping the box.
  • The second woman on the left is starring down at something which I am assuming was in the boxes.
  • The people at the table are either drinking coffee or tea.
  • There’s a lollipop sitting on the table.

Do you see anything I may have missed?

One aspect I love about this photo, everything is washable. The plates, cups, saucers, coffee pot, and other serving ware are reusable. Personally, I think that is habit we all need to implement in our daily lives.

Until next time…peace

 

Vintage Photo: Men by Fallen Tree

I do not have any information about this photo. The picture is from a box of negatives I purchased off eBay. The seller did not have any data on the images.

In my opinion, the men in the photo look related. The two men in the front could be father and son. Of course, with all my old photos, I am just guessing. Do you see the resemblance between the men?

I wonder if they were just posing for a group photo. Or perhaps, they were cutting the tree down for a specific use.

What do you think?

Until next time…peace