Found Christmas Photos | Case #028

 About the Film
Not much is known about the film, or camera, other than it’s 35mm and colour.

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The calendar says August, and it starts on a Wednesday, so these could be from 2012 or 1984.

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Lots of plants for the cat to chew on.

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Christmas time.

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Whoever is taking the photos loves their cat, and loves to ski too.

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The home looks well lived in, not a lot of pianos and short term stays. 😉

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At some point the camera was opened. It’s at this point the scene changes completely. The last three photos are actually the next person to buy the camera, or at least consider it. He opens it up, sees there’s film, which exposes some of the shots above and fogs the rest, closes it back up, and takes these next shots.

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The multiple exposure at the end is explained by the cameras counter being reset when opened.

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Summary

Not very much to go on except the date, being more likely 2012 than 1984.

Missing Portrait Photos | Case #027

About the Film

An off brand of colour film called “Photoworks”. That’s also the name of a film processing company based out of San Francisco. Not much to go on, but it’s a start.

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What struck me more than anything else is how good they were in their composition for the majority of the photos. I also suspect that a good Camera and lens combination was used.

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Pretty gutsy trying to hand hold a moon photo, the last one isn’t horrible.

 

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These portraits are really good, especially the kids and the dog.

 

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QuikSilver is a company based out of California, but has stores everywhere, not much to go on here.

 

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Could be the ocean.

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Can’t quite make out the lettering on his collar.

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Summary 

Not much to go on here. There is a bridge off in the distance of the first couple photos that may help narrow it down.

A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan on a TugBoat Ride | Case #026

About this Film

These are photos from two rolls of colour film, a total of 50 exposures. The photos themselves are date stamped. October 25, 2009 to November 5th the same year, with a couple dates in between.

October 25th, 2009

Some guys watching a football game. We can confirm here that the date displayed on the photo is accurate. The game they are watching is the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Minnesota Vikings on October 25th, 2009. At this point the game is a close 10-7, for the Steelers, but they would gain a better lead and win that day 27-17.

You can watch clips of the game and view stats by Clicking This Link.

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Double confirmed by the schedule here.

 

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Lots of clues on who this might be right here. A sailors hat, a painting of an old sail boat, photos of a boat, a framed image of Pittsburgh Steeler Rashard Mendenhall (#34), and a few news articles. One looks old, and another is near edge of the frame. The third however is easy it read, and I found the same article online and it was published on October 5, 2009 in “The Waterways Journal” and it reads:

Hope Delivers Two More Tugboats to Higman

The boats are the 43rd and 44th in Higman’s line of vessels and the 31st and 32nd to be built by Hope Services in Dulac, La. They give the Houston-based petroleum transporter one of the youngest fleets in the industry; in 1986, for comparison, the company had 10 boats and 22 tank barges.
Last year, Higman put into service the Hope-built boats Capt. Jack Higman, Preston N. Shuford, John T. McMahan and Mark Flynn. Earlier this year, it put into service the Alliance and the Erik Salén. Two others from Hope are scheduled for delivery in March and June next year, while another is under construction at Direct Marine Services.
The Kyle A. Shaw and Miss Sarah, like their sister vessels, measure 72 by 30 feet with a draft of 10 feet. Their 1,800 hp. is produced by twin Cummins KTA38-MO diesel engines from Cummins Mid-South matched to Twin Disc gears with a ratio of 6.14:1. The boats have 73- by 56-inch four-blade propellers. A pair of Cummins 6B series 75 kw. generators supply auxiliary power to each boat.
The new vessels each have two steering and four flanking rudders controlled by a full follow-up, electric-over-hydraulic system.


Source: http://www.quimbyscruisingguide.com/news100509.htm

 

 

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Whoever is taking the photos does not live there. I see now reason to photograph what’s on my walls.

 

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ZZZZzzzzzzz

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October 28th, 2009

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October 29th, 2009

Photos from a boat. The first couple images you see here are of the Carnegie Museum of Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Ohio River.

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A really great shot! I love the ripples on the water.

 

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Heinz Stadium

 

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Side Reads: Hunter Marine

 

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U.S. Coast Guard

 

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Another great shot of the city skyline, followed by several shots in and around the Emsworth Dam.

 

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Docked

 

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I googled “Pittsburgh Castle Looking Building” and nailed it 😉 This is PPG Place, built in the early 1980’s.

 

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These are boats owned by a company called The Gateway Clipper Fleet, and offer services for a wide range of events.

November 2nd, 2009

 

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Taken on a bus.

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Top Dawg!

November 3rd, 2009

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November 5th, 2009

 

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Too bad we can’t see his face 🙁

Summary

Lots of strong leads here. It’s possible that the photos belong to Captain Jack Higman. He would be the most likely candidate for someone to hang that news clip. However, it could be one of his relatives, any other of the crew, or their relatives. The boat ride leads me to believe the photographer wasn’t a native of Pittsburgh, in which case, they’re a crew member. Either that or they took 33 images because they’ve never been on a tugboat, in which case they are likely related to a crew member, and that was their home pictured with the wall shrine. My hunch is the latter, as the guy seems to go back to the same bar 2 or three times after the game. A place probably near dock.

2 Louisiana Patriots | Case #025

The Film
A single roll of Kodacolor-II Film, 120mm format on a 620mm spool. A film popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The camera is unknown but the focus in the photos is spot on the subject. Knowing that, it was likely not a box camera like a brownie, but a Kodak endorsed model, due to the 620 spool.

The Roll was purchased out of New Orleans, Louisiana

The Photos
Only two images turned out. It looks like in the next frame the shutter jammed, and then at a much later date the film was rolled up and removed safely enough to save these.

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The first frame was so close to the to the beginning of the roll, where the film meets the paper backing with a piece of tape, that I cut part of the image when separating them in the darkroom. I remember thinking, “There’s going to be an image here, I just know it!”

Luckily nothing crucial was lost.

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This seems like a quick portrait before they go off to a ceremony or parade. These guys look like war veteran’s, which war I couldn’t tell you, perhaps several. But, this does look like the 1980’s, based on the two tone car parked to the right. Kodacolor-II was made in this format after 1974, and the format was popular in the early 1980’s.

I wish I could see more of the flag, the man on the right is holding. I can make out “_____ln City” and what I guess to be “American world [something]” or “American [something] world”.

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You can see the focus is good, but not enough to really make out the insignia or lettering on their uniforms.

 

Sunset and a Sailboat | Case #024

About This Film

This is a 24 Roll of Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 35mm film purchased out of Windham, Maine. There are a total of 27 images.

This entire set takes place out on the water, on a sailboat, just off the coast of what could be Maine. Also, the photos are date stamped January 9th, 1998.

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This could be a touring boat. It’s sunset, and there’s a lot of people on board.

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The Adidas hoodie could confirm the date stamp. The girl’s hoodie in the back can’t be read in total. Something-Nation ap-something. The pepsi can has a logo on its side a well, but I can’t tell what for. Looks like an “N”.

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Some great shots of the sun setting.

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Not a single man in the group, I didn’t even notice at first. Lots of happy faces, and people from a wide range of age and background. People are super friendly and posing for more than one photo. This could have been the wrap up to some kind of larger project. I get the impression new friends were made.

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