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.
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.
I digitalize a lot of old photos with members of the military. I cannot tell you the branch or year. I am not that knowledgeable with history. But I do like this one, he has a smile on his face as he plays horseshoes.
I can honestly state, I know little about the 38th Division Band. The Internet provides some information. But I cannot find a site to inform me about names or performances during the 1940’s. I will keep looking, I always do.
The back of this print reads, “This is our 38th Div. Band. 170 men and the drum major. The 37th Div. Band of 100 men is waiting on the sidelines. Picture taken before game, before much of a crowd had come.”
Written in pencil below the explanation of the photo is ” Rec’d. Jan. 7, 1942″.
The back of the photo contains a stamp, Hammond Photo Service, Meridian, MISS. with the date Dece. 30, 1941.
I am assuming a young person from the military attended the performance and game. The photograph was taken and sent back home to a loved one. If I find anymore in the box relating to this photo, I will post it.
Today, December 8, 2015, is “Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day”. Who has not thought about living in a different time, either past or future? I think, this is why I love old photos so much. I get a glimpse of time forgotten. Times not recorded in history books. Just everyday life being experienced by everyday people.
So if you had a chance to time travel, where would you go?
Michigan has been displaying typical winter weather this week which means I have stayed indoors more than usual. Even though I keep myself pretty busy with my writings, I have had extra time on my hands. So, I turn to my stacks of negatives and slides to change them into digital prints.
These are six of my favorite vintage photos of the week. Since there is another snow storm in the forecast for the weekend, I am certain I will have more favorites soon.
The main image (featured image) shows three children playing on a bike. I love everything about this photo. I am assuming they are all girls just spending time outdoors together. The girls seem to be enjoying themselves. The laundry hanging in the background is definitely a sign of the times (even though I hang my blankets out on the clothes line in the summer months too).
The photo of the children on the swing brings back memories. My siblings are younger than me. They use to sit on my lap while I would swing. Of course, that was before swings came with child seats and safety harnesses. But despite everything that could have went wrong by swinging two on a seat, we still had a good time.
This is one of the older photos that I have redone. The negative was most likely from the late 60’s or early 70’s which corresponds with the way with the young men are dressed. They just seem to be “hanging out” in a park.
I am bad with uniforms, but to me she looks like a military nurse. I like her smile. Perhaps, she was on leave or maybe she just received her credentials to be a nurse. I know the possibilities are endless.
This photo looks like a family gathering of sorts. I love how the boy in the front has a big and somewhat fake smile. While the other boy in the background is giving “bunny ears” to the boy who has no idea.
Two young girls on a wooden swing. I love everything about this photo. I am considering having a swing like this built for my photo sessions. I really like the idea especially with the fence in the background.
Sorting through old black and white negatives is time consuming. But when come across certain images, the whole process is extremely rewarding. I thought I would share a few of the military photos that I have been making into digital prints. The negatives are old and wore; the prints are as best as I can do with what I have to work with.
I honestly cannot tell you if they are going to see or coming in this photo. There are more negatives from this estate sale. I am hoping to come across more photos of the ship and the scene.
I absolutely love this photo. I have no way of known what is actually being said between the couple. But I would like to think, he just asked her to marry him.
These two women are in a lot of the photos. I am not 100% sure, but I think they are nurses. They look like they were with a group who were on a leave. The two woman appear in various photos that also have landscape photos in the negatives.
These three gentleman look like they were working on a plane. Or perhaps, they are just talking.
If there is anyone who can see any details in these photos, that may help in the research. I would love input. I am curious as usual.