There are two penciled in dates on this box, 1946 and 1947. Makes it a bit uncertain when this event was exactly photographed.
All the images are recognizable as a regatta style event, photographed in the Stockton Harbor and Lake McLeod.
A total of 20 negatives and we’ll be looking at quite a few of them. Joel still loves boats, and I expect that will most likely remain a subject in the future.
And yes, Joel took many images of this boat with the two couples. I suspect they are either friends, or, one couple is family. There’s a scribble on the lid of the negative box that reads either “Darl Boat” or “Pahl Boat”. The pencil mark is too smeared out to be certain of either interpretation.
The only markings on the sail of this boat are either “a2” or “q2”, based on an out-of-focus shot from that day.
To make sure there’s no confusion, these two images above are not consecutive. These are two separate runs. It is simply not possible to flip a sheet film holder around, pull the darkslide, set the shutter and get the shot.
The above negative is a copy of the original negative. This was clearly taped down in an enlarger or contact printer.
Next few images are from a sail boat race.
Last image is most likely from the same day, somewhere in Stockton Harbor and most likely falls in the category “family, friends or neighbors.”
This was the last one of the boxes that I could find with expired film (May 1943) photographed after Joel returned from his service in WWII.
I’m almost certain that Joel is already photographing with his Graflex Super D press camera. Racing and airplanes require shutter speeds faster than 1/100th of a second to freeze motion and his older Zeiss Trona maxed out at 1/100th of a second.
Next boxes we’ll be examining are all “fresh film” but we are still in the 1946-1947 timeframe as Joel is studying at College of the Pacific.