5″ x 8″ portrait. Private Collection.
Dusting off the cobwebs of my blog with this pretty boy. This unnamed private was of -I believe- the 10th Infantry Regiment, per the X atop the crossed rifles. In the 50s to early 60s, the 10th was stationed at the now closed Fort Ord in California. He was lucky. Next to sunny beaches and on what is now a national park, the fort was considered the most attractive place in the country to be stationed at; every new recruit hoped to end up there.
This portrait came in a large 8″ x 11″ mat with flap and the photographer logo at the bottom.
Photographer: Sunnyside L.J.C. California.
Zamsky Studio. Philadelphia. Studio portrait. Private Collection.
Well, apart from saying just how obviously photogenic this sitter is…This portrait is a 5″x7″ in a 7″x10″ matte with flaps…but the mailman violently (yes, I’ll say violently) shoved it into my mailbox and bent it at a 90 degree angle. The seller never put a “Do Not Bend” warning on the envelope. I was, to put it mildly, fuming! But after some reshaping the crease isn’t so apparent and a little photoshop helped too. But…I’m still reeling. Vintage pictures that managed to survive decades if not more, suddenly damaged in shipping? I can’t even…
But, I’ll calm down.
I wish this sitter was IDed. Pretty, wasn’t he? And as such he earned a spot in this collection. The 50s was such a wonderful yet deeply flawed decade, but its fashion aesthetics are still timelessly elegant. I need to live in a parallel universe with today’s technology, civil rights and back then’s style. :)
Photographer: Zamsky. Philadelphia.
1953 snapshot. Private Collection.
The photographer most probably didn’t intend to overexpose his or her subject, but the high contrast along with the low angle works. This young man looks to be standing in front of a store awning. But what is “Waco Owl”? The back is stamped with the year.