Sunday, July 18, 2010
Photo Number 255
Another photo of a mystery place. Thatched roofs..Model T's or Model A's..?? Discreet bathing attire. Chairs and rocking chairs outside to enjoy the evening air.
To make it even more confusing, this is what is on the back. Was the photo just used as a note card for information..or was Hiram McDonald in the photo? Possibly a 1920's photo? Why is it that some of these photos just bring up more questions than they answer?
Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
Update: Thanks to some great detective work by Iggy we now know that this was Coronado Tent City in California. The photo was taken before 1923, because that was the year that the thatched roofs were removed. Up until 1923 it was only a summer resort where you could rent a tent by the day or by the week. It must have been a really cool place to stay! Here is a link to some old postcards and photos..Shellbelle's Tiki Hut.
July 22, 2010 Shellbelles Tiki Hut has a few more old photos of this summer place! Here is the link!
Posted by Far Side of Fifty at 11:58 AM
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This photo is amazing with all that can be seen. I love those little cottages.ReplyDelete
Well, there is a 112 PENOBSCOT DR, MARION (or Howell) MI, 48843 but I don't see the reason for the cottages or much in the way of lakes there.ReplyDelete
Intense Guy, There is a Penobscot County in Maine..but no town. I wonder if this is foreign? :)ReplyDelete
I tried to do a little research on the phone number yesterday. Unfortunately, early phone systems were subscriber based and private, so the phone numbers could be any format the company wanted. Generally the letter stood for a locality or center where the exchange was located and the number stood for the subscriber number. That's about all I could find out. In both London and the US the letters preceded the numbers.ReplyDelete
I think if this was a resort the phone number would have been via the central switchboard.ReplyDelete
I think see safari hats on some of the people and I think the girl on the left is "dark". I cannot tell if the crease in the photo is the edge of a mountain or just a crease. The thatched roof platform tents might mean this is a safari camp or "lodge" in the central Africa sense. But then the "crowds", electrical wires, telephones,and "modern cars" would make me skeptical this was Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro expedition areas of the 1920s.
Perhaps this is in the south pacific? The men look "Aussie" to me... :) (whatever looking Aussie means..) Or perhaps Belize or central America...
Notice this picture with the sandy street and striped tent walls with thatched roofs...and an old car... :)
I'm giggling -- can't help itReplyDelete
My father in law was in the habit of using the back of old photos as places to jot down names and addresses or horses he fancied in the 3.15 at Haydock Park. Makes trying to work out who the photographs are of especially difficult.ReplyDelete
Great Job Iggy..you are a great detective!! :)ReplyDelete
Now to figure out who Hiram was... LOL!ReplyDelete
I did learn that there is a Penobscot Building in Detroit, Michigan, so 112 Penobscot might even be a room number and not an address.
I was trying to see if the tent city had "street names" and wasn't able to find a map of San Diego from the 1920-30's (yet).
Well this was certainly fun! I posted about this discovery on my blog today, along with another photo from Tent City Coronado that confirms that this photo was indeed taken there. Of the numerous tent cities that existed in that time period, Coronado is my favorite.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the photo with me and to Iggy for pulling all the pieces together.
Based on one of Shellbelle's photos, I think 486J might have been the tent number. If they had a main exchange at the desk and phones in some of the tents, that might have been the way to reach Hiram. The photo of the tent with the couple in front, which shellbelle posted, has a sign above the door with some numbers and I think a letter...? Regardless, it's so very exciting!ReplyDelete
It is so amazing what the computer has done to help us learn about the history of this world. I think it is neat that you can actually date it closely to the exact year.ReplyDelete
Great fun! Photos are a path in time and your blog looks like a great meander.ReplyDelete
Hiram McDonald was my Great Grandfather. Honestly, I don't know if he's pictured there, but the signature matches his WWI & WWII draft card I found through Ancestry. I also found a picture of Hiram and someone else, but am currently in talks with the owner of the photo to figure out which one is Hiram.ReplyDelete
Here are the photos: http://imgur.com/a/bLwnc
We're 99% sure that Hiram is on the right side.Delete
That is a very cool WWI photo! :0 I hope you find out which fellow is him! :)Delete
The 112 Penobscot address is/was Hiram's street address in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1917, and it appears on his WWI draft card, but I don't know where the photo was taken or the subject...ReplyDelete
2010 posting came up as we were doing a family tree for our side of the family.
Hiram is my grandfather. His last name is McDonald. He lived his last days in Hibbing, Minnesota.
Thank you for the picture. Now it is up to us to follow this lead as well as we search more into our family history.
Hiram was the husband of my great aunt Myrtle Morrissey McDonald.ReplyDelete
Besides Hiram's Hibbing, Minnesota home address at the time on the back, I understand he was in a Coast Artillery unit in WWI, thus the beach attire... and not Minnesota wear!
Might have been taken in Florida, near Pensacola where there is a NAS, and where another photo of Hiram was taken c. WWI at Ft. Barrancas near Warrington.ReplyDelete
Sure does look like that Coronado Tent City referenced above.ReplyDelete