Cabinet Card Photo: Couple

From my research, the cabinet card with lettering helps narrow down the date to the late 1800s. Due to the guidelines for a successful photo, the couple appears to be stiff and rigid. But to get a well-developed image at this time, the subjects in the picture could not move. In fact, if you study the photo closely, the couple is not even looking toward the photographer.

I am assuming the couple was wealthy. Not too many people got their photos taken during this time frame. Besides, their clothing style suggests wealth. Of course, I do not know if my assumptions are accurate. Perhaps, the couple saved to get the photo done and simply wearing their Sunday best.

The photo was taken at the East Side Gallery in Butler, Indiana. The image was finished by Neuman’s Superior Finish, which I find fascinating.

What do you see when you look at this image?

Playing Outdoors

If I were to guess, I would say the boy in the photo is about 3 years old. He seems to be enjoying his time outdoors. From his clothing and the motor home in the background, I estimate the image was taken in the late 1940s.

I do have a couple other frames in this particular lot that show motor homes in a line. I cannot match them to this specific image. The young boy’s clothes are heavy and durable. In addition, he is wearing a hat to cover his ears, which leads me to believe the weather is cooler.

Of course, I have no way of known if the family is visiting a campground or living in a park area. I know many families would live out of motor homes to be close to work areas.

Tell me what you think.

The Bride & Her Bridesmaids

The bride’s smile is the one thing that I love about this image. Of course, I truly do not know if the other two women with their backs to the camera are bridesmaids. I am basing my guess on the flowers in their hair. But the bride seems to be bidding her friends goodbye as she steps toward her new adventure.

From the type of negative, I am guessing this photo was taken in the early 60s.

Tell me, what do you think when you view this photo?

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