Portrait, Basketball, Box 104, 1960


There are still a few negatives left in the “High Time Fire” negative box.

The basketball images are from a Pacific-Fresno State match or were these images from the HIgh Time movie ? Joel’s camera doesn’t move an inch, so it is mounted on a tripod and that is something we didn’t see yet from Joel during a sports match with his press camera.

Some research in the Pacific Reviews from 1960 show there was indeed a basketball match on Feb 5, 1960 between UOP and Fresno State, this was the same period the movie “High Time” was shot across multiple locations in CA.

Pacific – Fresno State Basketball match, Feb 5, 1960
Pacific – Fresno State Basketball match, Feb 5, 1960
Pacific – Fresno State Basketball match, Feb 5, 1960 (Printed)
Pacific – Fresno State Basketball match, Feb 5, 1960 (Printed)
Pacific – Fresno State Basketball match, Feb 5, 1960

What’s left in this box are two negatives of a young woman. The negatives are identical.

The negative portrays a young woman, photographed on a Carte de Visite or CDV in short. This was what photographers would deliver as part of a photoshoot and these were often used by photographers as calling cards.

Joel didn’t photograph the rear of the card, typically displaying the name of the studio. It’s safe to assume the studio was somewhere in San Joaquin County, most likely Stockton.

The year 1960 is the year Joel’s mother, Clara Pahl, turns 80. My hypothesis is that the family looked at images to celebrate the occasion and this CDV caught Joel’s eye and he snapped a copy of it.

Yes, this is very young Clara Pahl, she had an overbite already as a young woman. My estimate is that this image is from the 1892-1896 period. The outfit is still very Victorian.

Portrait photographed from a Carte de Visite (CDB) in a CDV Photo Album.

I’ve not found any other images yet that would confirm my hypothesis. The search continues.

Cheers !


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