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?
Studying the photo, I would guess the image was taken in the early 1950s. I am basing my guess on the woman’s hairstyle and the type of negative. What do you think?
I don’t have any information on the photo. She is standing by a cartoony looking character.
The plants toward the back are Holly Hocks. I actually have the red Holly Hocks at my house.
I can see the top of a church peeking over the brick building. From the architectural style, I am guessing the church is Catholic. I wonder if the brick building is part of the church, perhaps, a Catholic school or hospital.
I wonder if the photo was taken in a public garden. I can imagine a beautiful garden located in the downtown city area.
What do you see when you look at the photo? Did I miss anything?
The photo features a family standing on the steps in front of a house. Generally, I would like to think the photo was taken for a special occasion, a holiday or a wedding. But often family photos were taken on a day of a funeral.
I do not have any information about this family. My guess…well I am assuming the two men and the women standing in the background are all brothers and sisters. They do resemble one another. Of course, the other woman standing in the front row is holding the one man’s hand. Considering the era of the photo, I would guess they are man and wife.
By the style of clothing, I would date the photo around the late 1940s.
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.
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.
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.
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.