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.