Sunday, May 19, 2013

Found Photograph: Everything Is Down

A friend of mine brought up some good questions about the ladies in the last post. I couldn't help myself, so I went back to the flea market, found the gentlemen I bought the negative from and asked him about the origin of the negative. It came from an estate sale in Las Vegas, NV. There were more 'mementos' from the estate to be had, so, shelling out a bit more coin, I walked away with a cache of photos, postcards and military records that once belonged to a Howard Landon Shaw. Mr. Shaw was from Ohio and served in the U.S. Army during and after WWII. Aside from being stationed in various camps here in the U.S., he also served in occupied Italy, near the city of Modena.

The posted photo, Everything is Down, also came from Mr. Shaw's memento's. However, I have no evidence that this is Howard Shaw. I can say that this photograph was most likely taken in Italy, circa 1945, as that it was among many photos of U.S. soldiers stationed in Italy. The man's costume appears to be an imitation of Harpo Marx.

It would be nice to think that these two photos, the saluting women and the Harpo with sign image, were linked to some visual correspondence while the young Mr. Shaw was stationed in Italy. 

Unfortunately, knowing more about the origins of these photographs has not answered the question, who are the saluting ladies in the photograph and where was the picture taken? Quite the contrary, I believe more questions have been raised. If you happen to know anything about Howard Landon Shaw of Westerville, Ohio, please leave a comment.

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