Found Photos: Boats & Benches

Welcome to the FIRST post of my found photos series! As I said in the introduction here, I collect photos that I find at antique stores or elsewhere to keep them special. As a lover of all things photography, I hate to think that the memory of a moment that was once thought special enough to capture, goes as something insignificant or forgotten. Now that I have quite a few photos in my collection, I thought I would begin to share them on my blog as a way to keep those moments alive, and maybe bring about thought and discussion on maybe who the people are and what they were doing! ♥

The following photos I purchased at Antique Emporium of Alma (in Kansas). There were a bunch of studio photos there from the early 1900s but this collection of candids caught my eye. I believe they depict a group of eight friends (maybe four couples) having what looks like an enjoyable day.

Based on the slightly edwardion fashion of these women, I would presume these were taken sometime between 1903 and 1907.

Although I’m sure the picture taker of this photo was disappointed that it was blurry, I think it give it character. Makes the story behind it a bit more mystical.

Then the picture taker handed the camera over to the other boat containing their other four friends. Even though their hand was a bit more steady, their eye was not as keen!

Do you think this photo was taken after they did their boat rides? They relaxed after rowing and told stories? OR do you think this photo was the first of the five? Maybe while sitting in this field they came up with the idea of taking boats out onto the water.

Sometimes I get lucky, and someone has written names or events, even places, on the back of the photos I “find.” These ones do not have any story or character names written on them, leaving it up to my imagination!

What do you think of this group and their day of adventure?

Found Photos

I do not think it would come as a surprise to anyone that I am a lover of photography and photographs. If you took a look around my home, you would see so many framed photos, albums, and even a few boxes full of family photographs. I like being surrounded by the friendly faces of the people whom I love. Especially now that we live so far from our family, it’s nice to have a reminder of home.

This year I took my passion of printed photographs to a new level and began collecting vintage ones. It may be considered a weird hobby, to collect photographs of people you never knew, and to actually pay money to poses these photos. I have my reasons.

Even some fifteen years ago, before everyone had a digital camera and/or one on their cell phone, there was film. Film which then got transposed as a print. You did not know instantly if the picture turned out, if the flash had gone off just right, or even if somehow your finger had made its’ way in front of the view finder. Every single image was printed out, whether it was good or not.

With film, I think we really waited for those special moments. We didn’t take pictures of our food before eating it. We weren’t able to take a mirror selfie to confirm or deny if we should purchase a particular outfit from whatever department store. We were not able to take photographs as easily and slyly of those people of Wal-mart. Film exposures were saved for the more important times, times you most certainly did not want to forget. Photographs were keepsakes.

I think I wanted to start collecting photographs to preserve the memories that have now been forgotten and lost. Those photographs meant something to someone at one time. They posed for the photograph and paid for it. It was a family get together, a graduation, meeting a celebrity, whatever it may be, those photos were taken for a reason. They were special to the person who took it and/or the person in it.

Not to say that selfies or food pictures aren’t special. They can be too, in their own way.

I started to collect photos to keep these memories special. I may not always know what exactly is happening in the photo, but I like to wonder.

To keep myself as an active blogger and to share my love of these photos, I thought it would be fun to start a series of my vintage photo collection. Every Friday I’m going to share a photo from my collection, or multiple photos if they are in a series or from a particular event!

Keeping the memories alive!

I will also start sharing more of my family photos soon! You can see my old family photo series in their collection here.