Sunday, October 21, 2018

An Ordinary Seaman



Written on the back, "Is"  Israel, Isaac, some other name?  Around the World War 1 era would be my guess.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Coasting on the Steamer




Almost certainly not on the Dorothy Bradford.  Written on the back of the top photo, "Ray & Gladys on board boat going to New Haven, Conn.  June 5, 1932."  The second photo, "Ray & Gladys on Steamer coming home from New Haven, Conn.  June 5, 1932."  We don't know what Ray and Gladys were doing on their day trip to New Haven, but they look like they had fun.  Even durung the great depression life went on.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The S.S. Dorothy Bradford



I live in Los Angeles and I've always wondered why ships aren't a regular part of local transit.  We've got ferries to Catalina Island, but why not commuter service between Santa Monica and south bay with stops in places like Long Beach and Redondo.   Oh well, just another suggestion to be ignored.

So, the S.S. Dorothy Bradford was built by Neafie & Levy of Philadelphia, PA.  She was built in 1889 for the Cape Cod Steamship Company and was originally named the S.S. Charlotte.  I couldn't find anything on when the name change occurred.   The Cape Cod Steamship Co. went out of business in 1937, and The Dorothy Bradford was sold for scrap after years of servicing the Provincetown route on Cape Cod.  I couldn't find what the other ports on the route were but Boston seems like a good bet as well as the off shore islands. 

This card was published by H.A. Dickerman and Son of Taunton, Massachusetts.  There are a lot of postcard publishers out there and it's not always possible to find out any information about individual  companies, but I did find a bit about H.A. Dickerman.  They were in business from 1907 to 1936.  They specialized in scenics and dominated the Cape Cod market.  There's a postmark on the back, "PROVINCETOWN MASS SEP 5 2 PM 1922"  It was mailed to "James Morris 23 something or other street," (The writer makes their M's, N's, W's and U's all alike.)  "Framingham, Mass."  No message.

Dorothy Bradford was the wife of Puritan William Bradford the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  She fell off the Mayflower and was the first European to drown in New England.   As accomplishments go, not a very notable one.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inabelle and the Baby





I'm fairly certain that the very faded writing on the baby photograph reads "My Nephew."  What, no baby seat! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Growing Up In Poverty





I know what it's like, though the poverty I lived in was a bit more genteel than this.  It's not a  pleasant way to grow up.  I hit the color restoration setting for the bottom shot for something a bit closer to what the im,age looked like before the inevitable color shift started. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Cure House



The Kurhaus at Cadmario, Switzerland is still there and still in business.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find out when it was built.  There's scaffolding and a date on this print.  12-IV-25, the 12th of April, 1925.  Repairs or construction, I wasn't able to determine.  Visiting the spa is fairly expensive now, but in 1925?  I suspect it wasn't cheap then, either, as the wealthy of Europe took the waters to cure what ailed them, and after the horrors of World War 1 and the Spanish Flu epidemic, I suspect people felt in need of a curative rest.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Three Ladies, One Guy on a Bench



I think the cloche hats date this to the 1920's.  I bought this photo here, in California, but going by the trees and flat landscape I'd bet on the mid-west.  During the great depression hundreds of thousands of people made the trek to the west coast.  I can't help but wonder if this photo and many of the others I find here came to L.A. via the back of an overloaded car driven by a formally middle class family.