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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A box full of old negatives and photographs is a treasure trove for me. I just love looking through each image. I wonder how people lived. Were they happy? Did they have children? How were they employed? I realize I will probably never know their stores. But I still like to imagine how they lived.
In this set, I found some clues. There were both negatives and the photos had labels.
The main photo is labeled Napa Church.
The next clue from outside the church is a photo with the label Mrs. Morgan-1952
I think the little boy in the bottom right corner is fascinated about the whole wedding experience.
Next photo has the label, Mr. and Mrs. McLeod…Mr. Webb-1952.
I am hoping I will find more photos related to this particular day. The church is beautiful. Even with my research, I still cannot find if the church is still around today or not.