Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Bulgarian School Boy Album 19

The penultimate Bulgarian School Boy Album page!  Some of the earliest photos from this album are dated from the mid 1930's.  So, are the men in the top photo the school boys from those pictures?  If those students were in their mid to late teens in those pictures, they'd be pushing thirty after the war was over.  Is the woman in the second photo a school girl from of those pictures a mother by 1946?  Well, there's nothing written on the back of that photo, so we can't know when it was taken. 

Click on The Bulgarian School Boy Album in labels to see other album pages.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Bulgarian School Boy Album 18


There's nothing written on the back of the bottom photo, but I suspect it's a family photo.  Once again from Stara Zagora.  Click on The Bulgarian School boy Album in labels to see more. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Bulgarian School Boy Album 17

The top photo had exactly one thing on the back, "VII", too vague to scan.   It's the second photo that's more interesting to me.  1943, Bulgaria is in the war and ruled by a Fascist, right wing government allied with the Germans.  Still, people walk the streets and seem pretty happy.  At the beginning of the war, Bulgaria embraced neutrality, but they found themselves on an invasion route to Yugoslavian and Greece.  There was some fighting in Bulgaria, some of it involving a native resistance movement.  Sadly for the Bulgarians they were over run by the Soviets near the end of World War 2.  It's never a good thing to be between two warring factions.

Click on The Bulgarian School Boy Album in labels to see more from the collection.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Bulgarian School Boy Album 16

I've been on a bit of a vacation, and yes I did add a few more photos to the collection, but before I start in on those, it's time to finish The Bulgarian School Boy Album.  (Click on in labels to see more.) 

It looks like this album was put together after the fact, rather than as the pictures were taken.  There are dates ranging from the mid thirties into the mid forties.  1936 and 1939 on this page.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

More Name Tags

Photos of people wearing name tags drive me crazy.  It's usually impossible to read them. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

What Was She?

What was she? A waitress or a maid?  That might depend on what part of the country she lived. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

House Proud

I'm a big believer that people feature things in portraits that they're proud off.  At a time when cars were becoming common, but still hadn't become so ubiquitous that they were kind of just there, you'll find pictures of people leaning against their cars.  In this case, we've got a low angle and a house that dominates the image.  Nothing written on this photo, but going by the clothes I'm guessing right before World War 1.