Monday, December 31, 2012

G.I.'s at New Year's Eve and Pasadena, California January, 1945

The New Year's photos are scans of larger-than-normal negatives which haven't been stored well. It looks like the revelers are Army medics and friends.

The color shots are Kodachrome slides which were taken by an Army sergeant, perhaps a hometown boy home on leave. He photographed the preparations for the Rose Parade and also photographed the festivities at the Rose Bowl football game. The stadium shots were taken with b/w film.

These are old scans, I'll probably take another crack at them down the road. I have a photo of the sergeant but can't seem to find him at this time.

Looks right out of a movie, doesn't he?

Umm...sir...I don't think that's a regulation hat.

Filling in for Jimmy Stewart...

Roundabouts: Part of our past and part of our future, it seems.

Lockheed float with a Constellation over the globe.

I do not know the make of this car but I think I might have seen it in a movie.

A closer look.
Happy New Year 2013!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snow Days: Back at the Ranch, Cottonwood, Idaho, 1942

Ranchers may appreciate having snow replenish their watersheds, but I think they could probably do without drifts in the barnyard, and icicles hanging from cows' bellies.

These shots are scans from rectangular negatives. The materials and chemicals used in film processing can affect how negatives age, but more often than not, it's careless storage that shortens their lives. Something has affected many of these negatives, causing a light rectangle to show up in the image.

I have reason to believe that the ranch may have been in or near Cottonwood, Idaho. Other negatives in this group were shot at a wedding at a church which has the name Cottonwood in its stained glass sign over the door. The visible license plate in one of these shots shows 42. I can't quite make out all of the text on the plate but it may say "World Famous Potato" across the bottom. The state name is not readable.

The negative group shows a horse-powered activities and I would suspect they were being used for two reasons: First, WWII rationing would have cut down on the use of machinery and second, it was probably easier to get around in that part of the country by horse when it was covered with snow.

This might have been part of an "upland" section of the ranch.

Moving the cattle.

Collecting firewood with the two-horsepower tractor. 

Back at the house for lunch? You might want to tie him to something.

OK, I told you to tie it to something, didn't I?

Well, there's more where that one came from.

OK, where did the hay go? Note the icicles under its belly.

More icicles, tilted at an angle thanks to the wind.

It's your turn to dig a path to the privy! Note the light, rectangular oval. Perhaps some moisture got between the negatives.

OK, who left the window rolled down? Why dig the car out, the road is buried!

This is the car with the 1942 plate, but it's about a 1938 model...Plymouth?

A 1941 Plymouth, going nowhere fast.

This is from another estate but I thought it went well with the theme. Photo was probably taken in the same time frame.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Snow Days: Fun at Home

I don't have many vintage Christmas photos in my collection so I am posting snow photos. Perhaps it's because I wish the view out my window was more of a white Christmas than a wet Christmas. There's still a possiblity for it in Spokane, as temperatures drop after the next system comes through.

The photos in the snow posts will be covering a range of years from the 1910's into the early 1960's.

From the Beulah Estate.


Beulah and her brother.

Beulah's uncle.

Unknown kids in a classic early 20th Century setting.

The infant may have been the owner of the next four photos. I did some research and found that there was a major snowstorm in Seattle in 1916, which may have line up with the birth year of the estate owner.


There is a Service Flag in the window.

Farm cat on Floyd R. Turbo. OK, that's a Johnny Carson Tonight Show reference for those younger than I am.

Hanging out in the back yard, in the 1950's.
More to come...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Family Jalopy Part 2

I thought I posted all of them last night, but I managed to miss a few. I added some later photos at the end to fill out the post.

I try to pick out a general style of car to figure out a photo's approximate date. For example, 1900-1910 was the era of the horseless carriage, 1910-1920 was the era of the open touring cars, and the 1920-1930 was the era of the skinny-fendered sedan. By the mid-1930's rooflines and fenders were rounding out and headlights were becoming parts of the fenders. By 1940 most headlights had been absorbed into the fenders and then rounded fenders began to disappear by the end of the decade.

OK, I need someone to push the pedals!


During this period a closed car was considered a luxury.

Ralph and Anna.

The family car awaits its next errand.

Looks like this automobile has gas lamps. That would be a nice parade car to have today.

Monford and the Bug. Looks like a homemade body from the hood to the spare tires.

The son of Benjamin Reuhl tries to use his powers to stop a snowball in mid-flight. It can be seen by the passenger side headlight.

Now there's a jalopy!

Two heads, one headlight.

Gene, his buddy, and his jalopy.