Monday, December 2, 2013
What is wrong with blogger? The original print is very, very light. Washed out, and ghosted back. That's the way the scan looks on my computer, and then when I add it to the blog, it's all this muddy brown. Frustrating, because I have no idea what to do.
Anyway, labeled "G.H.S. Marblehead 1936" I'm guessing that the H.S. in G. H. S. stands for high school. I went to the Marblehead, Massachusetts city website, and looked up schools. No matches. With a name like Marblehead, one would expect some sort of mountain redoubt of a town. Actually, it's a coastal town with a history that revolves around the sea. Fishing, and now yachting. Oh those rich people.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I still think this is a psychiatric hospital, but if so, why the surgical mask? The first two photos are dated "APR 55"
I wish I could make out the title of the book in the first image. About twenty years ago, I was wandering around the California desert, dropped into a thrift shop, and found a large stash of sleazy 1950s paperbacks. The type of books with lurid, illustrated, covers, and sex on every other page. The thrift store guy told me they had all come from a library on an army base, which wasn't all that surprising. What was surprising was that there were both gay themed books, and books about cross dressing. I bought them all for 50 cents each, and put them on EBay with a five buck starting bid. I paid my rent for year on that find. I sold one of the cross dressing books for $285. Go figure.
I'll be leaving this collection behind for the next three or four weeks. Click on army hospital collection in the labels section at the bottom of the post to bring up the whole lot.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
There's not a lot of color in this album.
Stamped on the back of all prints, "THIS IS A KODACOLOR PRINT MADE BY EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY . REGIS. U.S. PAT OFF Week of July 11, 1955 VI PA 2"
At least we have a date when these prints were made, and more than likely they were printed sometime within a month or two of when the pictures were taken. I've been trying to do some research on the meaning of "VI" and PA" Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I can't help but going to "PA" for, well PA. But then I think about the "VI" and then it doesn't make so much sense.
Click on army hospital collection in labels to bring up the whole lot.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It looks like the guys had a bit of leave coming. They're still in hospital, though, as will be seen in upcoming posts. I still think they are patients in a psychiatric ward. When these were taken it was called shell shock. Today it's PSTD, post traumatic stress disorder.
Click on army hospital collection in the labels section to bring up the whole collection. Still lots to go.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
It wasn't really a book. Back when I worked in photo labs, we had what we called The Big Book of National Identity Cards. What it really was, was a collection of xerox sheets and computer print outs with specifications for various government IDs. In a nut shell, if someone was visiting L.A. from Burkina Faso, and they lost their identity card, we could look it up and make them new photos. After that, they were on their own, of course, and I always had a bad feeling that some of those lost papers was a solid basis for an asylum request. After all, who wants to cross a Stan or two?