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 Class? A Choir? A Planning Committee?

The photo arrived in a group I purchased off eBay. From the style of dress and the type of photo, I would guess the image was taken around the late 1950s or early 1950s. The gentleman on the far right looks to be a professor or other authoritative figure. Perhaps, they are planning the prom or homecoming activities.

The group may be participating in the choir or other community activity. I honestly do not know the right answer. I attempted to zoom in on the papers, but I could not read them.

What would your guess be?

Until next time…peace.

August 28, 1921

Do I know what happened on August 28, 1921? No, but the couple in the photo seem happy. The back of the photo only provided the date, August 28, 1921.

Perhaps the couple just bought their first home. Or maybe they were recently married. Or the photographer who you can see by the shadow just wanted a photo. I will never know. But I hope the couple lived a long, happy life.

Until next time…peace.

A Writer? A Teacher? A Nature Lover?

For those who follow this blog, you already know I love old photos. But there are some images; I just crave to know more about the person and the circumstances surrounding the photo. This image of a woman sitting at a makeshift picnic table is one of them.

I wonder if the woman is camping with friends. From the overly packed picnic basket, I am assuming she is on a trip. Perhaps, she is at a public park near her home.

I wonder what she is writing. Is she grading her students’ latest papers? Writing letters to loved ones? Keeping a journal of her trip? Or working on a novel? Of course, I will never know.

The picnic basket is overflowing, which makes me think she is there for more than a day. I spotted a loaf of bread with the words “Quaker.” across the package. I can see the coffee pot in the background. There are multiple jars with different contents; one may contain sugar. Perhaps, a jelly is in another jar.

I see a pail for water on the left, which makes sense if she is making coffee over a fire. One aspect that I absolutely love about this photo, no plastic containers or throw away single-serve items. Everything extra is in glass containers.

What do you spot in this photo? Anything different than me?

Vintage Photo: A Man and His Basket

I really like this older photo. Of course, I do not have any facts or other information surrounding the image. All my input is simply guesswork.

The older gentleman is holding a small wicker basket. To me, the basket looks to be lined with a napkin or cloth, which was a common practice for fresh baked goods or other food.

In my opinion, de looks to be a hard-working man. With the silo in the background, I am assuming he is a farmer.

Now, he could have prepared the basket himself. Perhaps, he is attending a social event. After church picnics and other community social gatherings were common in the past.

Or perhaps, someone brought him a basket of baked goods as a gift.

Please let me know what you think of the image.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: A Mom and Her Two Children

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.

Let me know what you think about the photo.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photos: Zoo

Does anyone recognize the zoo in these photos? I am curious to know if the zoo is still open today.

I believe the photos are from the 1960s.

 

I honestly cannot tell what type of animal is in the cage. Does anyone have a guess? Perhaps the creature is a monkey.

 

The photographer apparently enjoyed watching the bears. There were several photos of the bears.

I can’t help but think the one bear looks sad in the photo. I am not a fan of animals in cages. I do advocate rehabilitation and return to the wild when possible.
Of course, this bear does look like he/she is enjoying the attention of the crowd.
Does this bear seem close? I know there was probably a barrier. But animals should be protected from people.
Gibbon…yes I read the sign.
A giraffe…I hope he/she was not alone.

 

I love elephants. I hope to see one in the wild someday.

 

 

 

I am not certain if the duck photo is part of the zoo or not. Without any background, I have no way of knowing. But I know most zoos have ducks and other smaller animals.

 

I hope everyone has a great Saturday. Do you have a favorite zoo or wildlife sanctuary?

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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