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#26 aerialbridge

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:50 AM

It's amazing in the old photos that have faded how much can be brought out again.   



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Posted 23 March 2019 - 03:55 PM

My latest- "Navy Boys of Summer, ca 1923",  Naval Air Station San Diego (Coronado - North Island) Baseball Team.  Honored to have the good cookie of one of these early Airedales.

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 03:56 PM

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 03:57 PM

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 03:59 PM

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 04:02 PM

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Nice work on that resto. Can you post a zoomed in shot of that jersey emblem? It looks like an airship!



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Posted 23 March 2019 - 04:35 PM

Thanks.  Here you go-- It's Navy Wings of Gold!

 

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 05:45 PM

Thanks.  Here you go-- It's Navy Wings of Gold!

 

Ah, yes. Thanks for sharing. I have an odd one...I did some minor cleanup on.

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Navy Wings of Gold



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 01:33 AM

Nice photo!  That's neat that you just happened to have a vintage Navy baseball photo in your collection.  Here's from the same Airdale's collection as the baseball photo,  now on the USS Langley, I believe with a Douglas T2D-1 torpedo bomber, the first twin engine- carrier plane, during early trials in 1927.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 07:26 AM

Nice photo!  That's neat that you just happened to have a vintage Navy baseball photo in your collection.  Here's from the same Airdale's collection as the baseball photo,  now on the USS Langley, I believe with a Douglas T2D-1 torpedo bomber, the first twin engine- carrier plane, during early trials in 1927.

 

 

That's a great piece of naval aviation history! Nice work on the restoration!

I happen to have a growing collection of vintage Navy baseball photos...along with Army, Army Air Forces, Marines and some Coast Guard for good measure. I have a few hundred of military baseball photos ranging from snapshots to department releases to press photos. 



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 07:39 AM

I did this one in haste. I like how the contrast came out but I need to bring back some of the sepia aging. This is one of my more valuable photos as it is a type-1 that was not just shot by Tai Sing Loo but also was printed by him. I got this from the son of the vet who worked with Loo when he was stationed in Honolulu during the war.

 

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:55 AM

That is a great photo of Joltin' Joe!  Seriously, build up your collection and you'll have a nice coffee table book.  You must have "Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II" on your shelf, coincidentally with a picture of SSgt. DiMaggio holding a bat on its dust-cover.   Here's a net photo of the other Yankee Clipper that was flying high around the same time.   Just basic spot touch and color adjustment,  that IMO makes it pop.  This year marks the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of the  first, regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic passenger service and that ship was the one that made that flight.  And to complete the circle, there is a connection between the Yankee Clipper and the Airedale in the two restored photos.  Huge crossover between early naval and civil aviation during the Golden Age of flight (pre-WW2). It was a small world and the bonds they made in the service carried over into partnerships, ventures and employment in civil aviation development and endurance flights when they left active duty or went into the active reserves.  

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:56 AM

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 05:09 PM

That is a great photo of Joltin' Joe!  Seriously, build up your collection and you'll have a nice coffee table book.  You must have "Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II" on your shelf, coincidentally with a picture of SSgt. DiMaggio holding a bat on its dust-cover.   Here's a net photo of the other Yankee Clipper that was flying high around the same time.   Just basic spot touch and color adjustment,  that IMO makes it pop.  This year marks the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of the  first, regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic passenger service and that ship was the one that made that flight.  And to complete the circle, there is a connection between the Yankee Clipper and the Airedale in the two restored photos.  Huge crossover between early naval and civil aviation during the Golden Age of flight (pre-WW2). It was a small world and the bonds they made in the service carried over into partnerships, ventures and employment in civil aviation development and endurance flights when they left active duty or went into the active reserves.  

 

 

Yes, I have that book and several others. 

My collection is full of average joes and stars of the game. Three of my photos came from Ens. Johnny Pesky's estate - two of which are from his time at Navy Pre-flight at Chapel Hill. I have spotlighted a handful of them on my site (referenced below).

The Clippers are gorgeous aircraft and I wish that someone would have had the foresight to preserve one.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:16 PM

This is my Grandpa. In France after the end of the war. I didn't do much except sharpen it a bit an lighten the shoulder patch to try and make it out. Can anyone make it out?

He was a clerk on Pershings Staff AEF Headquarters.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:20 PM

Here are a couple of Pics that my Grandpa took in France. The really awesome thing about photoshop is that even though it looks like there is not much left in a faded yellow 100 year old photo… Using the tools in photoshop lets you bring out whats hidden in the murk. 

 

This is a street somewhere in France. Looking at the raw, its hard to see the couple in the street.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:21 PM

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:26 PM

After.. All pics were taken in France during and after ww1

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 02:52 PM

Here is my 1910 US Army Baseball Club - Recruiting District of Chicago photo in its original format.
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Posted 29 March 2019 - 02:54 PM

...and here is the edited image of the US Army Baseball Club - Recruiting District of Chicago:

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 12:34 PM

Great photos, rooster and rally and nice restorations. Noticed something interesting about a couple of the photos I posted. 

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 01:59 PM

IMO, one of the best recruiting posters ever.   Powerful and moving words from another time.

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 02:00 PM

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 02:01 PM

WW I Navy Minnesota.

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