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: Men Working

Sometimes I get photos or negatives that I just wish I knew the story behind the image. This photo is one of them.

Yes, the image reveals men working. But I would love to know where the photo was taken. From viewing the style of clothing, the area seems to be in a warmer climate.

I have other questions too. What were they building? What are they carrying that is so heavy?

Tell me what you think of the photo. Do you have any ideas?

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: 1950s Classroom

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.

Let me know what you think.

Until next time…peace

The Women of 818

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.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Dinner Party

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.

Until next time…peace

 

Vintage Photo: Market

With all my old photos, my view is simply guesswork. I am assuming this photo is a market. I could be wrong. I would love to hear your thoughts.

In the right lower corner, I can see produce on a table or stand. Many markets sell fruits. I can see watermelons and potatoes. I cannot tell if the other is small baked bread or yams. Below the stand, there are baskets with other items.

In the foreground, there is another stand with a number 1437. I am guessing this is a booth number for selling produce. I believe this stand has potatoes too.

My other observations:

  • I do not view any women in the photo.
  • I see one child, a boy in almost the middle of the picture. He looks to be concentrating on an object on the table.
  • The man in the left corner seems oblivious to the scene. He is smoking a cigarette and reading the paper.

What are your observations? Did I miss anything?

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

Lamert Field Air Races

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.

Until next time…peace