Photo of the Week
May 11, 2008
I recently purchased this old post card as it is an interesting
photo. It even became more interesting when I received the post
card in the mail and scanned it at a high resolution and started studying
it. I am not sure what took place here on the day that this photo
was taken, but I find many things interesting. First, I am not
sure exactly when the well know photographer J. Fisher was in business
and took this photo, but it appears that this photo is very early.
Maybe 30's or 40's. I wish the old post card had a date, but I am
sure I will hear from a CZ Images visitor as to the vintage.
While studying the photo, I wondered why the soldier by the palm tree
was holding what appears to be a camera. I got to thinking that
this was J. Fisher himself doing a self photo. I have cropped out
a blow-up of who I think may have been J. Fisher standing by the
palm. Actually, I don't even know if J. Fisher was a military
person. Next item of interest is the three children on
bikes. Why were they there? Note all of them were wearing
white. In the early days, white clothing was preferred as it was
cooler. Where they the children of the proposed photographer by
the palm or the other mystery man standing in the middle.
Wow...such a simple photo that has turned into a interesting
mystery. God, I wish this photo could talk to me. The
answers are long gone I am sure. This photo was taken near the
General's house on Colonel Row, which is now the home of a Convention
Center. When you look in the background, you see the undeveloped
Panama City of the time.
Such a simple and nice
life back then. Long live these memories of our former Canal Zone.
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