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: 4 Men

Like most of my photos, I do not have any details on this image.

At first glance, I thought maybe the four men were posing after church services. They do resemble each other appearance. Which left me guessing, maybe they were getting together on Easter Sunday.

But I did notice, one of the women in the background is dressed all in black. Her appearance leads me to think the 4 men were attending a funeral. Do I know for certain, of course not?

What do you think?

Until next time…peace

Reserved for Seabreeze Customers

I love this photo. Of course, who am I kidding, I love most old images. I am assuming this photo was taken in the mid-1940s. I based my guess on the photo negative and the style of the couple’s clothing. If I am off, please let me know.

The one sign reads, “reserved for Seabreeze customers, ice-cold soft drinks, beer, groceries.”

The other sign reads, “live bait.” Obviously, the Seabreeze is near a fishing area. Perhaps, people can fish off the pier.

The couple, holding hands, appears to be headed towards the pier. I am guessing they are going to watch the ships go by or talk with the local fishermen.

When I research, Seabreeze hotel, I get numerous returns. I cannot pinpoint the exact location from this one photo. I am hoping as I continue through the remaining negatives from this particular lot. I will find more images related to this couple and the Seabreeze.

Do you have any guesses? I would love to know.

Until next time…peace

 

A Home for Sale

The photo was originally from an old negative. I don’t have any background information. I can guess from the type of negative, the photo is from the late 1950s or early 60s.

I have so many questions about this photo (well, any photo really).

  • I wonder if the person who took the photo was trying to buy the house or sell it?
  • Did the photographer actually buy the house?
  • How long did they live there?
  • Did the person have a family?
  • Where is the house located? If I were to guess, I would assume Arizona. But I have no way of knowing.

Let me know what you think when you look at this old photo.

Until next time…peace

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 Photo: 16 Mile Hike at Maleas, Greece

With the stay-at-home order extended here in Michigan until May 15th, I have lots of time to sort through old photos and clippings. Now, this photo was found in my grandfather’s stuff. On the back in his handwriting reads, “Flossie’s friends.” Flossie, a surgical nurse, born in 1899 was his older sister.

The back of the photo provides further information in handwriting that I do not recognize.

“Coming back from a 16-mile walk to the top of the mountain at Maleas, Greece. November 1st, 1928.”

After a quick Internet search, I realize the photo refers to Cape Maleas, Greece which is absolutely beautiful. I have officially added the site to my bucket list.

What do I notice and wonder about the photo?

  • Other than the guns, I do not view any other types of provisions.
  • The man with the cap is smoking a cigarette which was normal for this era.
  • Who is taking the photo? Perhaps, the provisions and hiking gear is with that person.
  • They seem to be in good spirits after hiking 16 miles.
  • What are their names?
  • How did they know my Great Aunt Flossie?

Tell me what you think?

Until next time…peace

 

 

A Man and His Plane

Ok…so I have no way of knowing if the plane actually belongs to the man in the photo. I am just assuming. Again, I have no details of this print. I would love to know who he was. Did he build the plane? Did he own the aircraft? Or is he just an average citizen posing by the plane? I truly doubt I will ever know his story.

I did some research on the white star with a circle in the middle. But I could not find an exact match. So if anyone out there has more information on airplanes, I would love to know the details.

Until next time…peace

Lost Memories: A Man in Uniform

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.

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