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This strip of photos was bought online. This photo’s date puts it smack in the middle of the US involvement in the Vietnam conflict at a time when President Lyndon B Johnson had escalated military involvement (1963 – 1969). Not mentioned in the listing was the fact that one of the soldiers is identified on the back and that they were training at Fort Gordon, Georgia making this a particularly interesting group of photos.

I am hopeful that both the lads in this great record of comaradery survived the war. I am not sure that I have interpreted the handwriting correctly but I am glad to say that no Tomsen, Thompson or any other spelling variation of that name, who also came from Maryland, is listed as a casualty at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website.

Gabrielle, Photobooth, 14/6/2012

I was thrilled to discover this divine strip of photobooth photos while browsing other wordpress sites. Not only is Gabrielle Delacour, who is the author of the blog and subject of this strip, an afficionado of the booth but a Melbournite to boot. If you browse through her blog you will see a great example of the best of Melbourne style in her lovely retro inspired cossies.

A few words from Gabrielle to finish – I’ve always had my bob. From a young lass with a bowlcut of strawberry blonde to a black, angular cut as a late teen, and now a more sophisticated, sleeker darker brown version. I’ve dabbled in other styles briefly, growing it out just to cut it back once more. Nothing compares to a tapered neck-line, a perfectly shaped fringe and a graduated bob. I so totally agree, Gabrielle!

These photomatic photobooth images are from the USA. Though undated, they appear to be from the WW2 era. They were probably taken in the same machine around the same time, possibly even within the same hour, as the visual evidence in hair and clothes might tell us, but also as the cardboard backing that supports the photo is, unusually, upside down on all the images.

I suspect that the first two photos were taken while the lady stood beside her man. You can just see a part of what appears to be an arm in the second pic that has the same tone and texture of the suit she is wearing in the subsequent images. They then pull over the second, darker curtain and in jumps his lady for the next series of flashes.

When searching for photobooth gems to add to my collection I always keep an eye out for any series of pictures that shows the same person in different poses or at different stages of their lives. Even if it is imagined, there is more of a story to be seen when a face is viewed in different modes. There is a tentativeness about their togetherness that I find endearing. Maybe they had just met. Maybe they were not demonstrative types. Given the era of these photos I am musing on the fate of these anonymous faces. Military service at any time is fraught with danger and uncertainty. Did this young man survive the war? If yes, did their relationship survive it?

The red spots you can see on the last image are the remains of a red elastic band, which, luckily didn’t touch much of the surface of the photo. The back of one of the other items is covered in solidified rubbery goo. I like finding these little pieces of evidence that at one point they were carefully stored together and therefore loved by someone, before being flung out into the world and an uncertain fate.

Not a spectacular photo, possessing neither a particular period outfit or anything else that makes it stand out, however this young lady is dear to my heart due to her resemblance to a dear friend, Lisa and her daughter, Saskia who is my Buddha Child, as her parents don’t believe in God.

This photo comes from the USA and was with other images that date from the 1930s and 1940s. I would place the time of capturing the fresh face of this young lady as mid 1940s due to the other pictures but think it could as easily be any year up to the 60s.

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