Morning Open Thread – Rescuing historical photos from WWII

Today is the first day of a new feature series on Flowers for Socrates.


Sunrise on Roan Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee

Morning Open Thread is an open discussion forum for human interest news of the day, hobby and fun things, what you did on your vacation, and your local weather phenomena.

There will be several hosts, each host being responsible for picking a “theme of the day” and starting the discussion. However, there is no hard and fast rule about staying on topic, especially if you have a personal story burning a hole in your pocket trying to escape.

Pictures and videos are welcome in the comments.  If photos are used, please be sure you own the copyright. We would rather see your own photos anyway, rather than random stuff copied from the internet.  Our only request is that if you use pictures or videos, take pity on those who don’t have broadband, and don’t post more than two or three in a single comment.

Morning Open Thread will be set to post at (or about) 6:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. For those on international or military times, that is 1030 Zulu Time.

I have been a fairly serious amateur photographer for a long time. How long? Let’s put it this way. When the films described in the video below were new, so was my interest in photography.

The Rescued Film Project was created to rescue and save old films before the images on them disappear forever. The project was given 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago. It was not at all clear whether there were latent images, or if there was, could they be saved. This remarkable photographer undertook a labor of love, saving the images and digitizing them.

Now, the search is on for the people and places depicted in the old photos.

Here is the LINK to their website.

They also have a page where people can contribute to their work.


Coffee cup

This is Morning Open Thread. Grab your cup, pull up a chair, sit a spell and share what’s on your mind today.

About Chuck Stanley

Dr. Charlton (Chuck) Stanley is a board certified forensic psychologist, with interests in aviation psychology, peace officer selection and training, ethics and communication skills.
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7 Responses to Morning Open Thread – Rescuing historical photos from WWII

  1. Welcome to lurkers and commenters. Hopefully, this little corner of the blogosphere will come to provide a respite from the non-stop bickering of politics and dismal news of the day.

    Here in the Otteray, which is the Cherokee name for the Blue Ridge Mountains, the sun is just peeking over the top of 4,280 foot high Holston Mountain. Local temperature now is 44ºF, and looking toward a warm afternoon at about 80º. Severe clear skies, or CAVU in aviation speak, which means ‘Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited.’

    Now, back to my Cajun coffee and catching up on whatever is going on in the morning cartoons. I never really understood Dilbert until I agreed to take a job with the local mental health center. That relatively brief foray into the world of corporate bureaucracy opened my eyes to a lot of things I wish I did not know.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Great start Chuck!

  3. Joy of Fishes says:

    Good morning all! Thank you, Chuck. The WWII photos that this fellow developed are fascinating; here’s the gallery:!rescuedvideo/c1d05

    I’m hosting tomorrow, folks, so stop in again. No idea what the topic will be, but sure to be interesting, and the company is good in any case. 😉

  4. Russell says:

    Outstanding. I hope to see each and every article. I think the films should be developed.

    This last fall I went to Egypt and stayed at the Hilton Taba. I went down to the sea and looked around the first couple of days. The third day I bought snorkeling gear. From that day and for 8 days more I snorkled every morning and evening. It is the most amazing thing that I have seen in my life. A beautiful attribute to Egypt. I got so lost in my floating that I got a request by gun toting Israelis to go back, I had inadvertently entered their waters on the Red Sea.

  5. ann summers says:

    thanks for this. I may change my sleep schedule to participate

  6. Hi Russell. I hope you share some of your photos with us. Photos can be linked directly in WordPress via the URL from any approved photo file sharing service such as PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.

    Ann, thanks but you don’t need to adjust your circadian rhythm just for us. Morning Open Thread is only called that because it posts in the morning. Besides, as Jimmy Buffet has observed, it is five o’clock somewhere. This shop is open 24-7. We may consider a name change to Daily Open Thread.

  7. Chuck – Dotties, eh?

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