Monday, January 16, 2017
Over the years, I've learned to take the claims of sellers with a certain grain of salt. One of the things I've noticed is that when I ask if a collection I'm purchasing is all from the same source, they almost always say absolutely, local estate sale. So, taking the man at his word, I've just purchased an envelope of photographs from an eBay dealer in Wisconsin who assures me that they're all from a local estate sale. I haven't counted up everything yet, but there's a fair amount of images to go through. Needless to say, I'm going to break things up, so who knows how long it'll take to post the lot. So, click on The Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels to see things as they unfold.
So, why I'm I titling things Here There and Everywhere. There are few album pages, and a lot of loose photographs. Some are labeled, and some are not. There are a lot of different locations mentioned. In this first post, Massachusetts,and Alabama on the front page, and in the article, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Ohio.
And for those who can't make out the labels on the photographs, the little girl is "Virginia Lee Stockam," though I suspect that should be Stockman. Right under the photo, "Birmingham, Ala." And the house, "9 Wedgemere Ave. Winchester, Mass." And under the photo, "Residence Vivian B Whitcomb Winchester, Mass."
Remember, you can always click on an image and bring it up in a larger window. It'll make it easier to read the article.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Well, it's another real photo postcard, it's on Agfa stock, and the guy on the left looks kind of European.
Sometimes I got to antique stores or flea markets and go through boxes of old photos and postcards, looking for that one image I really like. Sometimes I buy envelopes full of photos off of eBay. While I can't remember, I suspect, that the last three posts all came from the same envelope.
Friday, January 13, 2017
I may be on to something here. My last post was a real photo postcard from Berlin, Germany with the single word "Bene" written on the back. This is another postcard, trimmed down a bit, printed on Agfa card stock. The only labeling on this one, a stamp, with another single word, "Larbig" Anyway, I did a quick Google search, not really expecting much, and I found info on a German furniture company, Larbig & Mortag. One of their divisions, Bene Office Furniture. So, Bune, from the previous post, could be a poorly written Bene. I'm thinking office party.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
My mother was an English war bride who hated Germans. I was going to write some of the things she used to say about Germany and Germans, but then I got to thinking, that was along time ago, and as there are fewer and fewer living World War 2 vets, there are also fewer and fewer living Nazis in the world. I think I'm going to spend my time worrying about the alt-right in the United States instead.
Anyway, this one's a real photo postcard from, I assume, West Berlin. There's a printer's credit on the back, "Foto-Dienst LEPPIN-Berlin 1 Berlin 30, Moizstr. 68, Ruf 246192." Also, written on the back, "Bune." I'm guessing that's a name.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
It looks like Major Medinger is moving on, and if the last photo in the column is what it appears to be, the poor Major enjoyed his party a bit too much. I have no idea why Major Medinger is being honored by the 4th Signal Corps, but I suspect he's either being transferred, or more likely, he's leaving the army. If that's so, then we can be sure these photos were taken after World War 2. That one was an in for the duration conflict.
The fifth photo in the column is the only one with any labeling, "Capt Wilson, Mr Vandiver, Capt Stevens"