Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

For this week’s Sepia Saturday post I really tried to figure out where this photo might have been taken, but I really can’t quite make out what the sign behind these four fellows says. We have two sailors and two Army men. They look to be at a celebration of some kind, what with the flags and bunting in the background and a lot of people behind them. The photo isn’t dated but it appears to be a World War II era image. It was *probably* taken somewhere in California because I can make out some of the letters on that sign, and the shop features an ice cream parlor, but other than that…..

UPDATE: some great information was provided by reader Ed: “the man on the far left is a Marine, he is wearing a service dress jacket and hat that was worn between 1908-1930′s , it is noted for its taller crown stance, and smaller upper ring in comparison of the shorter crown and larger ring of those of the 1930s-present day. The man between the two sailors hat insignia I believe is not military, it is a key stone design, and was worn by the Pennsylvania (keystone state) state police, AND I believe thats a whistle lanyard going to his pocket as well. The civilian to the far right is wearing a straw hat, large knot tie and cellulous clip in collar, with a vest and jacket, all in vogue between 1905-early 1930s. The sign on the left side says top to bottom California- Fruit- Market. but I believe with the state trooper this is a Pennsylvania picture, and the ice cream parlor is part of a market that has the very trendy for WWI period hot comsumer prouct of “california grown fruit” , the bunting on the window is very WWI , with the rossette of stars, can’t say I have seen that in WWII pics. The sailors are in their winter uniform (Oct-April?) with the dixie cup hats that were first used in in the early 1900s as well.”

Click through to Sepia Saturday where the prompt suggests crowds, market day, cattle and tea stands.

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14 thoughts on “Four guys party

  1. ed says:

    the man on the far right is a Marine, he is wearing a service dress jacket and hat that was worn between 1908-1930’s , it is noted for it’s taller crown stance, and smaller upper ring in comparison of the shorter crown and larger ring of those of the 1930s-present day. the man between the two sailors hat insignia I believe is not military, it is a key stone design, and was worn by the Pennsylvania (keystone state) state police, ANd I beoieve thatsa whistle lanyard going to his pocket as well. the civilian to the far right is wearing a straw hat, large knot tie and cellulous clip in collar , with a vest and jacket, all in vogue between 1905-early 1930s. the sign on the left side says top to bottom California- Fruit- Market. but I believe withthe state trooper this is a pennsylvania picture, andf the ice cream parlor is part of a market hat has the very trendy for WWI period , hot comsumer prouct of “california grown fruit” , the bunting on the window is very WWI , withthe rossette of stars, cant say I have seen that in WWII pics. the sailors are in there winter uniform (oct-april?) withthe dixie cup hats that were first used in in the early 1900s as well.

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Ed, wow, thank you for your great input in identifying the details here! I can’t thank you enough.

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  2. Auntie Kat says:

    Wow, Ed, what great insight on military uniforms. All this reminds me of my Grandfather who was a doughboy but not sent to Europe. I’ve seen pictures of him in his uniform and he was quite dashing. No wonder my Grandmother fell for him. They were from Erie, PA.

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  3. A perfect choice for Memorial Day. I saw the keystone badge too which makes him not military. Great detective work Ed.

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  4. Karen S. says:

    Where ever it was taken, they appear to be having a very good time!

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  5. Brett Payne says:

    Great photo thanks Mrs Marvel. I agree about it being roughly from the WW1-era – Ed’s done a great job.

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  6. Wendy says:

    A timely photo for Memorial Day Weekend.

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  7. Little Nell says:

    An interesting photo and so much detail from Ed to enhance the post.

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  8. I love the picture, and thank you to Ed for knowing all of the historical details. Great post for Memorial Day, thank you!

    Kathy M.

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  9. Bob Scotney says:

    The photo was good on its own but Ed’s detail puts the icing on the cake.

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  10. Jana Last says:

    Wonderful photo and great details added by Ed. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Queen Bee says:

    Great picture of men in uniform. I also like the look of the gentleman on the right in the suit and straw hat. Too bad he’s not completely in the photograph. Interesting details provided by Ed – really adds to the picture.

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  12. Great info on the old uniforms! :)

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  13. tyrogers6200 says:

    This was a perfect Memorial Day picture and how wonderful to have readers that can add such fantastic details!

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