The Locks

I recently received a box full of old photographs. I admit, I thought Christmas came early. One of the photos was this image of a ship passing through the Locks.

The photo had pencil markings. “Watching the Locks from Sault Ste Marie, Canada.” I have seen the Soo Locks from the Michigan side but never on the Canadian side. I guess I will add that to my bucket list.

There’s no date on the photo. My best guess is the 1940s. But I could be wrong with the date. I couldn’t see a name on the ship. I know that would help identify the year.

Let me know what you see when you look at the image.

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?

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 Photos: Fishing Adventure

Unfortunately, I do not have much information on these photos. I did purchase them in a lot at an estate sale in St. Johns, Michigan. These four men look to be having a fun-filled day at the lake.

I love the wooden boat. The superior craftsmanship makes the boat unique to me. The four men seem to be enjoying themselves as they head out on to the lake. I wish I knew what lake. I am assuming the lake is inland not one of the Great Lakes. I don’t know if they would take a wooden boat out on one of the Great Lakes. Of course, I am only guessing, I really do not know if they were fishing here in Michigan.

Posing with the daily catch, the men seem to be completely satisfied with the results. From the men’s attire, I am guessing these photos are from the late 1950s or early 1960s. If someone can give me a better timeline, I would love your input.

 

Back at the campfire, enjoying their meal. They appear to be cooking the fish with a can of beans. The tin can is sitting right by the fire. On the ground by the man squatting down, there is a small container of seasoning. I personally do not eat much meat, but the meal he is preparing does look tasty.

Another thing I like about the camp set up, everything on the table is reusable. There is no plastic or disposable items except for the tin can. I can see regular mugs, a thermos, and plates. As a person who loves nature, I feel we should all participate in this type of camping today.

Well, I would like to know your input on these photos. Tell me what you see.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Hiking

I have zero information about this photo.

Here are my observations:

  • Obviously, they are in a mountainous area, but I have no idea about the location.
  • Their form of dress is almost identical. But I cannot completely tell if the two are both women or not. Perhaps, the outfits were fashionable at the time or a part of a uniform.
  •  I love their walking sticks. From my point of view, the walking aids look homemade.
  • I still think they are walking in the snow. Even though the two people have removed their coats or other forms of outerwear, the weather must be warm. Or perhaps, they are walking into the direction of the sun.

Tell me what you think? What do you see when you view the photo? Any ideas?

Until next time…peace

Party Time

I recently purchased a box of mixed slides and negatives. I took this image off a slide. I cannot find any others to match the people in the photo.

New Year’s Eve Celebration?

At first, I was guessing the gathering was on New Year’s Eve. But the party may be part of a Christmas celebration.

Here are some of my views after examining the photo:

  • The party-goers have festive hats. The tissue hats could be for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
  • Everyone is dressed up. The clothing attire could be part of the celebration or normal for this time. I think the slide is from the late 1950s.
  • On the far left, you can see cards hanging along the wall. From the pieces I can view, the cards look to be from Christmas.
  • The napkins have small Poinsettias or other types of red flowers.
  • The food being served looks simple. Perhaps, the main meal is over, and desserts are out. Or, the party theme was snacks and sweets.

What I love about this photo?

I believe the napkins are cloth. The table setting is all washable and reusable. In fact, the cups and dishware all match. I think we depend on too many throwable items these days. I am guilty of this practice also. But I am trying to do better.

Tell me what you notice about the photo. Did I miss anything?

Until next time..peace

Vintage Photo: Men by Fallen Tree

I do not have any information about this photo. The picture is from a box of negatives I purchased off eBay. The seller did not have any data on the images.

In my opinion, the men in the photo look related. The two men in the front could be father and son. Of course, with all my old photos, I am just guessing. Do you see the resemblance between the men?

I wonder if they were just posing for a group photo. Or perhaps, they were cutting the tree down for a specific use.

What do you think?

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?

Until next time…peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From Inside the Tunnel

I have slowly been working through my recent stack of old photos and negatives.

The back of the photo reads, “from inside the tunnel”. I wish I knew the location of the tunnel.

Any ideas?

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