Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market

Found: Sailor by the side of the road, Nov 1944

Found: Sailor by the side of the road, Nov 1944

I love how the figure is extremely small in the landscape. There is no detail in the face in this print.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

This small joshua tree photo is marked 6/29/27 on the back — could that be right? The print is 2 1/4″ by 1 1/2″ (63mm x 40mm image area).

Dogs and coats

Dogs and coats

This dog photo cracks me up.

8 thoughts on “Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market

  1. That first photograph of the sailor is fascinating. One one hand, it goes against everything that I expect in a successful photograph: we can’t identify either the location nor the subject, and it doesn’t succeed as abstract art. On the other hand, I can’t stop staring at it and thinking about what’s going on in it.

  2. Those are cool, Joe. Seems like there’s a project out there that can be done with old found photos….

  3. Andy – yeah, the sailor photo is rule breaking and hypnotizing!

    Brad – the found photos phenomenon is well explored online and in print, but still lots of fun. One of my favorites in this genre is Mark Michaelson’s Least Wanted, which is a collection of mugshots from the 1870′s to 1960′s.

  4. Michael – Could be spooky, or maybe just a here I am at the beach photo. Lots of mystery either way.

    Troy – The retrozone site is definitely in the feedreader — please note kids, this is mildly NSFW.
    The actual joshua tree print looks more modern than 1927, but the neg could certainly be older.

  5. Love these photos, especially the sailor one. The dog photos kind of funny because the lady on the right seems to be wearing a coat made from… fluffy white dog! I like that their heads are cut off.

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