Faces Pulling Faces




There is no information on the back of these photos to indicate a place, names or dates, despite the previous owner having gone to the trouble of numbering each photo. Why they should have been numbered 1, 2, 3 is unclear, as judging by the clothes of the boy who appears in all three shots, the images were taken on two different days.

I guess the boy who is mugging for the camera in the first photo is a brother of the guy in uniform. It is a shame he didn’t join in the face pulling. Maybe he liked his perfect look in his military duds too much to play the fool whilst wearing them. Or maybe he was too nervous to think of it, as he may well have been off on his first posting overseas.

I bought these photos as much for the background as for the fabulous, goofy faces. It was the first time I had seen a battleship in a backdrop. I have since found a few more, which I will share with you in coming posts.

I am guessing these images were made during WW2 as the military theme would have suited the many last souvenir photos that would have been made at that time.

  1. John said:

    Yeah, the ship in the background is different. If I were the fella in uniform I’d gladly make goofy faces. A real stress reliever. Great set Katherine. XX

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  2. Wow, these are a real historical treasure. I wonder who they were and if the soldier came home from the war or not?

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    • If there were names on the back there would be some chance we could find out. Without that, I’m afraid we will never know. I hope he did come back. He looks too young to be going to fight. ☹️

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    • Cate, how can I share your photos on Twitter? I searched for you there under @photosbycate and nothing came up. I hit the Twitter link at the top of your web page, but it just took me to the app.


  3. funny pics 🙂 ..what I’m wondering is, the blond guy with the glasses looks like a guy from nowadays. The haircut and the glasses don’t appear very vintage. Maybe it’s like in ’12 Monkeys’ where Bruce Willis appears on a WW1 photo while he was as well in the 90s. Ooops, scary!!! 🙂

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    • There are so many retro trends these days, it makes us forget where the ideas came from, I guess. Or else he is a time traveller. I like the second option best, so will go with that! ❤️


  4. Interesting background. He may be heading for the Pacific. He is a Marine, I think that’s what the emblem on his hat is.

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