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?
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.
I admit I have spent a significant amount of time viewing this photo. The photo has a time-stamped date on the back from when the image was developed, August 6, 1937. I cannot read the entire photo service stamp. But the location of the photo development service was located in Portland, Maine. I was actually surprised to see the location.
The other photos and negatives were from California or military locations. I do take into consideration, the box was a mixed lot from an estate sale. So, the images could have originated from several sources.
Let’s get some perspective about the time frame of this photo. In 1937, Gas was only 10 cents a gallon. Can you imagine? A loaf of bread was 9 cents. A new home ran an average price of $4100.00. Of course, an average year’s wage was only around $1800.00.
1937 was the year Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific Ocean. The passenger aircraft, the Hindenberg, caught fire in Lakehurst, New Jersey. And, J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit was published in September.
I wished I could have cleaned the image up more. But the photo was small and damaged. The corresponding negative was in worse condition.
What I noticed about the photo…
The people are in the photo are all ages.
The gentleman on the far left looks to be an artist, a painter. I wonder if the group is watching him paint. Or, is he painting a portrait of the group?
The young man in the front row (laying down) seems extremely relaxed about the whole ordeal. I am only guessing. But the other young man sitting beside him seems to be his best friend or maybe his brother. They seem to be talking to each other.
The young girl sitting by the two young men seems extremely interested in their conversation. I wonder if she is or wants to be a girlfriend to the man sitting up.
Now the girl sitting next to her looks bored. I am assuming she is the friend of the girl interested in the conversation.
I wish I could see the faces of the two people with large hats. I am intrigued.
The women sitting toward the back, I can see the one’s slip. As my great aunts would say, she is properly dressed. There is a child clutching on to the one woman.
The gentleman standing against the wall look as if they would like to be anywhere but there.
The man sitting next to the two women is bending down. I think he is petting a dog. While his wife is watching contently.
The rest of the group seem to be watching an event or engaged in idle conversation.
I would like to guess the photo is part of a family reunion or a wedding. I know, I will never know. But I enjoy imagining their lives.
The photo is labeled Montrose Church where Wayne and Wilma married. I am assuming the location is in California. The other photos from the group are from there.
The photo and the corresponding negative were damaged. I cleaned the image up to the best of my abilities. I did research the Monstrose area to see if the church still exists. I could not find any exact matches. I think my research skills are declining since days of studying for my MBA.
I still like the photo. Of course, I enjoy old photos anyways. I am hoping Wayne and Wilma had a long, happy marriage.
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.
Sorting through my recent pile of photos, this one caught my eye. From the tilted potted plant on the side to the look on the girls’ faces, I would love to know more about the photo. I can guess, a boarding school for girls or finishing school. Or perhaps, they were just all together for a church choir. I truly will probably never know the real story.