At the front of the group of people in this photograph are nine musicians. So it must have been a musical retreat in the woods. But wait, are the men in the second row holding baseball bats? Are the musicians and baseball players camping together? And who plays baseball in the woods, anyway? There's a... Continue Reading →
Montefiore School of Nursing, Class of 1938
March is Women’s History Month in the United States, and few professions have historically been as closely associated with women as nursing. Update, April 11, 2019: I made a significant error in the initial version of this post. When I first searched online for information related to the Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing, the only... Continue Reading →
Road trip #1 (USA)
These ladies look like they had fun together. They have a cute car, too. The snapshot was for sale in Pennsylvania, but could have been taken anywhere.
Craftsmen outside a workshop (1875)
These men appear to have come out of the building behind them to pose for an impromptu group photograph. Intriguingly, two of them are holding tools of their trade, whatever that was. One of those men is also holding a round object with the year 1875 written on it, along with the number 60, the... Continue Reading →
Two childhood memories
I was told that the two postcards above and below came from Gratz, Pennsylvania. The little girl above also appears in the large group below (scroll down for close-ups). She's seated next to a woman who looks like her mother. She's smiling in both pictures, and it's nice to imagine that her childhood might have... Continue Reading →
“Kangarooing” at Camp Chickamauga
When war broke out with Spain in 1898, the United States had a very small professional military. As a result, many of the units which eventually sailed to Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines were made up of volunteers. They first assembled at camps in different parts of the country for training and other preparations. ... Continue Reading →
A happy family and their truck
This is a snapshot of a family sitting on their early Autocar truck (probably a Type XXI). The truck has a Pennsylvania license plate with the year 1923. Newer Autocar models came with inflatable tires, but this one still has the hard rubber kind. Everyone seems content, though--even the dog.