Vintage Photo: Detroit 1957

This image is a digitalized copy of an old slide. The original photographer left some data on the back.

Written in pencil:

  • Two freighters heading into Lake St. Clair
  • SK (I am not sure what these markings mean. I am assuming it was a way for the photographer to determine the batch of photos.)
  • Detroit
  • 7-27-1957

Of course, I would love more information on this photo. Are the children with the photographer? Were they just spending a day on the shore? Where was the freighters heading? Was this a normal day for the ships?

I am never satisfied. I want to know the whole story.

Tell me, what do you think?

DeBar Hardware Store-1915

I purchased this photo from eBay. I did clean up the image.

Fortunately, the photo does have information on the back.

-1915

-W. DeBar Hardware Store

-Ashley, Michigan

If you look closely at the photo, you can definitely view different items from the time period.

-There are wash bins out front.

-A sign advertising Winchester is in the window on the left.

-Another sign is advertising fertilizer.

-There are oil lanterns for sale in the window.

-The horse is tied to one of the rails out front.

-There are advertising signs on the pole. I know one reads, “paints”. But I cannot decipher any other information.

I love this photo. I assuming the two men out front of the shop are the owners. Perhaps, the young man is a son. If anyone can tell me who they are, I would love the information.

What do you see when you look at the photo?

Belle Isle Fountain

The photo is actually a digitalized version of a slide. The original photographer left some information on the back. I love when people add little notes.

The photo is dated 7-27-1957 with the notes Belle Isle Fountain, Detroit.

I am a Michigander. I cannot believe I have never seen this fountain in person. I did a little research on the Belle Isle Fountain which is actually called the James Scott Memorial Fountain. The fountain was constructed in 1925.

Yes, I added the fountain to my ever growing bucket list of things to see in Michigan.

Have you seen the James Scott Memorial Fountain in person? Tell me your thoughts.

Until next time…peace.

Barney’s Retirement

I recently purchased various slides and negatives from eBay. “Barney’s Retirement” is one of those photos I digitalized from a slide. I like this particular set of slides. The original owner wrote information on each one.

The photo shows the last trip of the horse drawn milk wagon in East Lansing.

The photo is dated 5-25-1957.

The sign draped over the horse tells the best story, “So sorry, I am retiring to the farm. Barney”. I hope Barney was able to live a long happy life at the farm.

The lady in the photo is identified as Mrs. Strother. The children are Karen and Karl Kaufman.

The milk wagon displays writing on the side. I can read the word “farms”. But the rest of the information is blurred.

If anyone knows the story of the horse drawn milk wagon, I would love to hear the tale.

Until next time…peace

A Family Posing

I do not have any information on this photo. I wish I could see more of the car. I am assuming the people in the image are a family posing in front of a car. Perhaps, they were visiting someone and this was the parting photo.

If I were to guess, I would assume the photo was taken around the 1920s. I basing my guess on the style of clothing, the vehicle, and photograph.

Tell me what you think?

Couple-1915

I wonder if this image was taken at their wedding? The dress may be white. If not the dress is definitely made from a lighter color material.

Ok, if not a wedding, maybe a Sunday gathering, church, or social event? The lady in the photo is wearing a fancy hat. What do you think?

I am fortunate with this photo. The original print has names and the year scrawled across the back.

Date: 1915

Names: Carl Schmidt and Mayme Cronin

Maybe somewhere out there in cyberspace, someone knows this couple’s history. I would love to hear from you if you do. Did they get married? Was this a wedding?

First Congregational Church, St. Johns, MI

One of the photos I recently purchased off eBay was an image of the First Congregational Church in St. Johns, Michigan. I don’t have a date for the picture. If someone can tell me the year of the car in the image, I can have a better guess when the photo was taken.

I love old original buildings that are still in use today.

Unknown Lady

Do you ever look at a photo and wonder about the person in the image? Or am I the only person who thinks this way? I would love to know this lady’s story. I would also like to know what she is holding in her hand.

I do not know much about this image. The photo came in a group of negatives I purchased from eBay. The person who sold me the photos only stated the pictures were from an estate sale in Pennsylvania. But the seller could not give me any more information.

What do you think she has in hand?

 

St. Johns, My Hometown

I absolutely love this old photo. I purchased the image off eBay. I cleaned it up a bit. But, I love the old fashion scene. It amazes me, especially when you compare the picture to today’s view.

What do you think?

Until next time…peace

A Religious Event?

There is always some photos that I just crave more information. This is one of them. The original image is old, faded, and printed on postcard type paper. Why do I assume a religious event? Well, the young girl, dressed all in white, could be taking her first communion.  The older gentleman, perhaps her father, appears to be well-dressed in his Sunday best.

What do you think?

Until next time…peace