Sailor close-up portrait snapshot. 1940’s. Private collection.
Another photogenic sailor, with the handy comb in the breast pocket -you know he had just used for this shot- and a cap atop his blonde head that has definitely seen better days!
Although it may seem that way, I don’t specifically look to collect sailors. But this is a nice close-up, ladies and gentlemen.
RPPC. Private Collection.
A third close-up portrait from the 1910s, but unlike the cheery duo of earlier this poor young man is far from happy.
He looks like he struggled with trauma and/or alcoholism. Had he seen things he’d rather forget but cannot?
Although he couldn’t be older than in his mid-twenties, he has pronounced dark circles under his eyes, no doubt from lack of sleep.
His distress transcends time, and this portrait begs to tell us a story. But what was it?
To note: his pinned tie over the butterfly collar drapes wonderfully.