Anyone know who this gentleman is?

Discussion in 'Ephemera and Photographs' started by sabre123, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Good day, all.

    I came across these photos in a WWII GI's photo album that I purchased at an estate sale. I don't have any history, in terms of where he was stationed, or the context in which these photos were taken. He seemed to draw a fairly large crowd that followed him. Whether this was a parade, I can't say as I've only got these tight-cropped shots. I don't have them in front of me, but from memory, they were about 3.5" x 5" photos.

    I was thinking he could have been a boxer, based on his look.


    Thanks for taking a look.
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    the 2nd photo is a riot , what with all the expressions of the folks who seem to be looking and pointing at the camera .....or the photographer...
    i don't see a boxer....??
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  3. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    I wonder if it's the person you can't see, the one with his back in the first photo, that is the famous one.
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    to my eye....they are looking past him too.......
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  5. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Not to state the obvious, but why would the person with the camera be taking a photo of that guy when everyone is looking behind him?
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  6. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Could the guy in the 1st picture be a baseball player? Isnt that a baseball cap hes wearing? The fact they are all jubilant,and the one kid is doing the "we're number one" thing with his finger,leads me to wonder if this is some sort of victory parade?
  7. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    I believe the kid you mention is holding a jacket over his shoulder with his index finger, johnny. But some sort of parade is not out of the question here. Thanks
  8. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Please enlighten me ?
  9. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    I don't know why the person with the camera would be so intent on that guy if the famous person (or the action) was behind her/him.
  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    then tell me the 2nd pic...what is the ' famous' person looking at..cuz he's casting his gaze in the direction everyone else is looking....;)
  11. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    We can speculate all day about what is not in the photo. Maybe there was some commotion in that direction. It's entirely possible that someone in the crowd yelled something at him or did something to get his attention and that caused the bystanders to point. I just can't get by the fact that the person with the camera was so set on capturing the dude in the shot.
  12. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    I was thinking maybe in front of an Adams hotel, but searching building fronts of the time couldn’t find this with the no parking sign. So maybe some other bldg. :(
  13. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    From appearances, he doesn't appear to be a gentleman. This is an instance where context matters. By "GI," are you telling us that these photographs are likely to have been taken in the U.S.? Given the large number of able-bodied men standing about, unlikely to have been taken during wartime. What came before and after them in the album?

  14. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    I was being polite on the "gentleman" thing :).

    They were taken in the US, for sure. None of the photos were marked and there were no indications in the book as to where they were taken.

    There were some shots with him and his wife with him in and out of uniform. Was in the Navy. Don't know where he was stationed. Some of the shots had palm trees, which doesn't help a great deal.

    Thanks everyone.
  15. savwillsell09

    savwillsell09 Active Member

    the kid holding the jacket is jay north....;)
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  16. Mixdenny

    Mixdenny Member

    That's the kind of cap that Babe Ruth often wore when in public. Dennis
  17. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Not to kick a proverbial dead horse, but I found another photo in the set with the dude. To me, it seems like everyone is kind of lined up and standing still and he's walking down the middle of the street. Notice the kid in the lower left from the previous shots and the sign on the building, looks like, "THE ADAMS [something]".

    Anyway, here's the shot:

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  18. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    I have already checked Adams Hotel, see above post. One of your earlier photo shows ADAM, anyway it’s worth re-checking.
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  19. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Are there any other photos in the album that would give clues to where the soldier (whose album you have) was stationed?
  20. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    I actually split the album up a while ago, but nothing other than having palm trees in some of the shots gives any clue to the location. As I need help mentions, determining where the Adams Hotel was located may offer a clue as to where this is.
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