Carmel, Box 57, 1948


This box of negatives has two Joel scribbles on them. One says “Carmel, August 1948”, the other one reads “Pahl Plumbing”. His uncle Harry Pahl and his cousin Werne Pahl, were the principles in Pahl Harry & Co Plumbing and heating.

We know that Joel photographed in Carmel from 1941 on, based on Kodachromes we’ve seen earlier on in this blog.

Joel has grown as a photographer, and the following images would look great in his portfolio.

Sea Foam, August 1948, Carmel (Printed)
Surf in Carmel, August 1948 (Printed)
Mission Carmel before restoration, August 1948 (Printed)

Observe the young man in the window in the image above. Restoration started in 1936, but would take decades and run into the 21st century as far as I understand.

Mission Carmel, bel detail, before restoration, August 1948 (Printed)

All above images were copied or printed at some point in time.

Joel wouldn’t be Joel if he didn’t photograph some sunbathing beach beauties while he was there. We’ve seen more images from this day in a previous blog post.

Sunbathing at Carmel beach, August 1948 (Printed)

Back at home, there are the images of plumbing work from his uncle and cousin, Harry and Werne Pahl.

Harry Pahl & Co Plumbing, 1948, most likely in Stockton
Harry Pahl & Co Plumbing, 1948, most likely in Stockton
Harry Pahl & Co Plumbing, 1948, most likely in Stockton

The above images suggest sink plumbing system, but it could be an industrial installation also. There’s insufficient detail to figure out either or.

There are more College of Pacific poolside images from this time period. Some of these appear to be from a photo shoot we’ve seen images before.

COP/SJC swimmers, 1948
Group photo COP/SJC swimmers, 1948 (Printed)

Few solo images in a Joel style we’ve seen before.

Poolside portrait, 1948, COP (Printed)
Poolside portrait, 1948, COP (Printed)

The extreme leg elongation is an optical illusion, all about angle, pose and choice of lens. Photographing at night made for a perfect black backdrop.

Poolside portrait, 1948, COP (Printed)

The rest of the box are people portraits.

Portrait of three young children, 1948

Joel photographed the next couple four times to make sure he got something good to print. These may have been neighbors/friends of the family.

Couples portrait, 1948 (Printed)
Couples portrait, 1948 (Printed)
Couples portrait, 1948
Couples portrait, 1948

That’s it for this blog post. See you next time !

Cheers !


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