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.
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.
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.
The little girl looks so proud to be posing with her dress and hair bow. I wonder if she was wearing the dress for a special occasion.
I love the old books in the background. When I enlarge the photo, I can see that one book has English on the binding. The other has words from a foreign language. I think the words are German, but I am not positive.
On the top of the bookshelf, I view a brass plane on one side of the old clock and a ship on the other. I wonder if someone in the household likes to travel.
In the kitchen area on the decorative ledge, I can see small figurines. The cow is the most noticeable. But the others in the background look like they are in pairs. I am guessing they are salt and pepper shakers.
I absolutely y love this picture. I wish I could find someone who could give me more information.
In my opinion, I think these boys are getting ready to go on a camping trip to Gavins Point. When I research Gavin Point, I come up with a couple different locations. I do not know precisely where the Columbus Troop 115 was heading. But I hope they had the time of their lives.
I love the little girl in the picture. I would bet one of the boys is an older brother, but she had to be in the photo. I wonder if she went on the trip too. If a parent was a chaperon, I could easily see the little girl tagging along.
The old truck and camper are perfect for an adventure. If you look closely at the top of the camper, you can see camp cots and chairs. I am guessing, the camper is filled with all types of food and other supplies for the trip.
The two little girls in the background are utterly oblivious to the photo being taken. They seem to be having a deep conversation. When you look closer, I can actually see the one girl leaning toward the other as if to share a secret.
If you know something about this photo, please share with me. I would love to know the story.
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.