Did you know today, July 16th is World Snake Day? The unofficial holiday raises awareness of the different species of snakes. With over 3,500 species of snakes around the globe, only 600 are known to be venomous.
I am generally not afraid of snakes. I actually enjoy photographing snakes and other types of wildlife. In fact, numerous Garter snakes hang out around my chicken coop. But, I will tell you, when I opened the coop door the other day, a snake fell down from the rafters and hit my hand. I do believe the entire county heard me scream.
From the style of dress and the type of negative, I am guessing the photo was taken in the 1952s. To me, this photo looks like a “yearbook image,” a posed picture.
What do I notice about this photo?
The girls are all in the front desks. The boys are in the back. In fact, some of the boys are standing.
The girls are all in dresses. My mom attended school in the 50s. She would tell me stories about only being able to wear dresses or skirts to school, even on the coldest of days. Either type of attire had to be below the knee, or they would be sent home. If they wore pants under their skirts to walk to school, they had to immediately go to the restroom to remove them.
The boys are mostly wearing plaid shirts with white tee shirts underneath.
Some of the girls are definitely posing for the photo.
One of the girls is wearing lipstick. I find this surprising because the dress codes were strict in schools during this time.
The sign in the back reads, “ART CALLS.” Surrounding the sign is multiple pieces of artwork.
Yes, I wonder why the class is posed for the photo. The image could easily be for the yearbook. Or perhaps, the class had a guest speaker or other event, the photo was taken to remember the occasion.
Yes, I am one of those weird people who stare at photos for long periods. I know, I do not know their story. I wish I did. I find each old photo fascinating. To me, the picture is a glimpse back in time, a lost moment, a lost memory.
Of course, I am only guessing the woman in this particular photo is the mother to the two children. The photo does not provide clues to their location. I can tell they are near a cement wall. They seem to be dressed more formally, which makes me think they are attending church or a wedding.
The negative was in horrible condition. If you look closely at the photo, you can still see scratches and errors. But I cleaned it up to the best of my ability without losing the image details. From the style of negative, I am assuming the photo was taken around the late 1940s or early 1950s.
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.
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.