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.
2.5″ x 4″ snapshot of sailor in profile. 1940’s. Private Collection.
A small candid photograph of an American sailor in profile, with local children in the background. Chances are this was taken in the North African region between 1940 and 1943, Libya maybe…
So the photographer asked him to pose for the picture, and his reply was to lean toward the camera and present his profile with the hand of a thinking man. It worked out perfectly! While I find the subject beautiful, the composition is as well. It feels professional even if an amateur took it.
American Sailor Headshot. Private Collection.
On a 2.5″ x 3.5″ headshot. He’d just graduated from basics by the ribbon on his chest. He has a serious expression, looking tough as if to prove his worth to his brothers and family. What bugs me is how his picture got to me. It hasn’t been more than what…seventy years since it was taken? I must be getting old since I think it wasn’t that long ago.
But my point is it already got lost from his family members, and that’s a shame. And then it makes you wonder, did he survive at all?
Thank you for your service, sailor. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Bill Hall & Jim Pollen. Tiajuana Jail RPPC. Private Collection.
World War II era sailors Bill and Jim and three bottles of liquor…what could go wrong? They don’t look too inebriated on this arcade picture taken in Tijuana, Mexico. Looks to me this was a “Before” picture they named “After”, as if we’re fooled. :)
Pretty boy Bill looks like he hit something hard with his right hand.
RPPC: EKC 1939-1950
Three WWII era American sailors. RPPC. Private Collection.
On the back is written “Johnny far left”. He’s more experienced than his two buddies, having completed 3 campaigns.
Did he lose his front tooth banging into something on the ship? Or maybe he lost it less heroically at a port tavern… :) (I recall having somewhat of the same conversation about another picture in this collection!).
A very handsome trio though. They’re covering the backdrop, only a few flying birds showing by Johnny’s face.
RPPC: EKC 1939-1950