Vintage Photo: Little Girl with a Bow and a Smile

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.

Do you notice anything that I missed?

Until next time…peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Photo: Airplane

Purchasing a box of old negatives is always a gift to me. I love seeing a glimpse of a lifestyle long gone.  In a recent find, I was able to digitalize numerous plane photos. Now, the airplanes are definitely far from being modern. In fact, some of them do not resemble airplanes at all.

As always, I wish I could provide more details. But I do not have enough knowledge about this aircraft or any others to provide specifications.

Originally, I thought the plane was in an old barn. But looking at the photo closely, the windows do not match a barn type building. I am assuming the photo was taken inside of a warehouse or hanger. But I could be wrong.

If anyone has any ideas on the plane, I would love to know your thoughts.

Until next time…peace

Little Girl on Christmas Morning

Ok, with all honesty, I am guessing the picture of the little girl was taken on Christmas morning. But from the empty boxes in the background, I am confident the photo was taken around the Christmas holiday.

With all the photos I find, I wish I knew the story. Was the little girl happy to have a new bike? Was the photo taken at Christmas? What was the year? Who is the person sitting on the couch? I can only see the person’s feet. But from the clothing, I would assume the person is a female. Perhaps, the little girl’s mother.

I am guessing from the style of the television and the tricycle the picture was taking in the late 1950’s or early 60’s. If anyone can give me a better estimate, I would love to know your thoughts.

I love the hanging tassels on the bike handle. I wonder if the streamers were brightly colored. I believe the tricycle has a bell on the handlebars too.

Did you notice the footstool in the background? I love the ottoman. I bet, the footrest is part of the chair, love seat, and couch set.

What do you think of the picture? Let me know…

Until next time…peace

1937 Group Photo

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.

Until next time…peace

Church of Nazarene in Montrose

The photo is labeled Montrose Church where Wayne and Wilma married. I am assuming the location is in California. The other photos from the group are from there.

The photo and the corresponding negative were damaged. I cleaned the image up to the best of my abilities. I did research the Monstrose area to see if the church still exists. I could not find any exact matches. I think my research skills are declining since days of studying for my MBA.

I still like the photo. Of course, I enjoy old photos anyways. I am hoping Wayne and Wilma had a long, happy marriage.

Until next time…peace

Man in Uniform

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.

Until next time…peace

A 1952 Wedding at a Napa Church-Part 2

After searching through my latest purchase, I was disappointed not to find a photo or negative of the bride and groom. There are other photos is the group that may be part of the wedding party. But they do not have labels. I can only guess.

I did come across one more photo from the Napa Church. The photo is labeled Rev. and Mrs. Johnson-1952.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Airplane Building

As I work through some of the negatives, I came across this plane picture. Well, I am assuming the structure is a plane. I can imagine, the owners are building the plane in an old bar. Of course, I am just guessing. One of these days, I am hoping someone will recognize a photo and give me a history.

Until next time….peace

Vintage Photo: Essex Farmer’s Club

I have been working a series of photos that include images from a parade. In this photo, the float is for the Essex Farmer’s Club. I did a quick search but I did not yield any quality results on the club. I know the photo was taken in St. Johns, Michigan. I do not have a year. I am hoping to find out more information as I continue to research.

Until next time….peace