Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Let's be honest, this is almost certainly a church scene of some kind. When I first looked at it I thought the guy on the right was holding up a bible in front of the old lady. After I scanned it and blew it up, the bible appeared to be either a scroll or a wrapper. And it only looks like it could be a wrapper because there is some sort of metal bowl in front of the lady, and what could be a puff of smoke rising from the bowl. Had the man just emptied some sort of sacred powder into the bowl? What kind of ceremony is this?
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Written on the back of the second photo, "Detroit River, summer 1938. Momie & Ruth." The third picture, "Detroit River, summer 1938. Ruth & Helen."
The Detroit River connects the not so great Lake Saint Clair, Detroit, and Lake Erie. (The Saint Clair River connects Lake Huron and Lake Saint Clair.) It also separates Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. In 1938, it was one of the most polluted waterways in North America, so if these three ladies were actually swimming, they risked at least a few weird infections. More likely, they were headed to Lake Erie for a week of sailing.
1938 was near the end of the great depression. In a few years, World War 2 defense spending would make Detroit one of the wealthiest cities in the world. After the war, with no real competition from foreign car makers, Detroit continued getting richer and richer. If this family could afford a sailboat during the depression, they probably were in a position to really cash in during the war and the post war boom.
And yes, who ever wrote the message on the back of the photos did spell it Momie.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
My mother was English, and she occasionally slipped and referred to laundry detergent as soap chips, and 3.10 has to be three shillings, ten pence. So, this one was taken somewhere in the British Isles. I have a feeling this lad spent his days in front of this store eyeing the passersby.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Of course, there's no way of knowing if this picture was taken at the same time and location as the photos on the other side. Still, Sherry trout fishing near Casper, Wyoming in 1922 is nice to know. Now for an interesting question. Casper, Wyoming was built on the site of Fort Caspar. Who changed the spelling?
The Gang may have been having a good time camping in the Rockies, but it wasn't all fun and games. Take a close look at the second photo, and see that the third man in line is holding a theodolite. These aren't three friends having a back to nature trip, they're surveyors. But what were they surveying? The boundary of a park? How about the boundary of someone's land? A new road into the Rockies? A logging operation or a gold mine? Hopefully these weren't the last people to enjoy this spot before it got fenced off, dug up, or cut down.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Sometime during the wee hours of this morning, The New Found Photography went over 200,000 unique page views. These three photographs started things off. I found the original glass negatives at an antique store in Washington state. The seller had picked up hundreds of negatives from an estate sale in Montana, and decided to sell them off individually. By the time I found these, the collection had been pretty much picked over. I think it's the dream of every photo collector to find a secret cache of photos from an unknown, yet talented photographer. Sadly, with this lot broken up, and sold off, we'll never know what the complete archive had to offer.
Oh, and I hand printed them back when I was still working in a photo lab.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
I can't make out too much of the licence plate or the writing on the spare tire cover, but I can make out "ILL" for Illinois. Written on the back, "Road-side in Iowa." With the suit case tied to the back bumper, I'm thinking that all American tradition, the road trip. How long would it have taken this family to drive from coast to coast? No Interstates when this photo was taken, few paved roads west of the great plains, and a shortage of gas stations in the hinter lands. My state of California is about to raise it's gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon, with the money going for road repairs. Hopefully, the once paved roads that have slowly but surely turned into rough, dirt tracks can get repaved.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
When did roller derby become a hipster favorite? When I was growing up, oh so many years ago, roller derby was quite popular. Back then, it was on a banked track, it was both men and women, and it was incredibly violent. As I got a bit older and realized it was kind of a sick sport, I started calling it blood and dentures.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Over the years I've expressed my displeasure with antique dealers who cut up photo albums. On this one, the seller artfully cut out the gardener photo, but sliced part of the duck photo off. I like ducks.
Click on The Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels to see other photos and get more information on the collection.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Thank you Otis Redding.
Click on The Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels, go back to the very first post in this collection and you'll find a reference to Lake Placid, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Dotted with lakes, both large and small, the Adirondacks have long been a go to spot for second homes for the rich and near rich of the northeast. I'll bet these people had money, and lived in New York City.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Another from the occasionally posted Here, There, and Everywhere Collection, something to be clicked on in labels to see other images, and get the low down on the title. So, two men sitting on what looks like World War 1 era cannon.
Monday, July 10, 2017
I became a sports fan because of television. Growing up, fifty miles from downtown Pittsburgh, I watched the Pirates during the summer, the Steelers, Penn State, Pitt, and West Virginia during the fall, the Penguins, during the winter, and then it all started again with spring training. Now I live in L.A. and if I want to watch the Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Lakers, Kings or Ducks, I have to buy cable packages. I can't afford it, and even with football still available for free on open air TV...well, I just can't get really excited about sports anymore. Will I watch tomorrow's All Star game on TV? Probably not, and that's kind of sad. I used to look forward to the game, now I don't.
Brook Jacoby didn't have a Hall of Fame career. He started out with the Atlanta Braves, had a couple of brief call-ups and only played in 15 games from 1981-83. Jacoby was with the Cleveland Indians in 1984, did a very brief stint with Oakland in 1991, and was back with Cleveland in 1992. He finished his career with the Chunichi Dragons, in Japan, in 1993. Now he's the hitting coach with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was an all star in 1986 and 1990.
Anyway, I'm not really into sports cards, but I found this on the street, and I've been saving it for an All Star Game post.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
In the previous post of these two ladies, I wondered if they had traveled to more than one country on their vacation. Take a look at the top photo and see that they are standing in front of a poster with writing. I went back to Google translate and neither vytvarne and umeni came up as Bulgarian. After trying a few different European languages, I got Czech for both words. Vytvarne came up as artwork, and umeni was art. So, perhaps Prague in what was then Czechoslovakia.
I suppose I think of eastern bloc nations during the cold war as gray, dull places with nothing beyond concrete apartment buildings and massive government buildings. But, of course, most eastern European cities survived World War 2 relatively in tact. Back in 1972, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Yugoslavia must have been nice, and cheap places to visit.
These are the last o photos from this collection.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
We had some Bulgarian in the last post. The first photo in this post has what I think of as dictator art. We have the worker, possible peasant, and a one legged fellow all capped by a star. A communist star? No doubt imagery found throughout eastern block countries during the cold war era. I wonder, if this was a vacation trip, did these two ladies limit themselves to one country, or did they travel from East Germany to Yugoslavia?
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
As promised in my last post, a clue. In the top photo, "700 LET 1272-1972." Clearly it's an anniversary of some kind, so I went to Google Translate, typed in let and began searching central and eastern European languages. Flight came up a few times, and no translation. It wasn't until I tried Bulgarian that years came up, the only realistic possibility. But what kind of anniversary. For the hell of it, I looked up Sofia, Bulgaria's capitol, but Sofia has been around for far longer than 700 years. After that, I stopped searching. After all, there are thousands of cities, towns and villages, not to mention castles, forts, and people that could have turned 700 in 1972.