Dad, 1943

Igor PDML-StR pdmlstr at
Wed Nov 12 13:50:22 EST 2014

Thank you for sharing this photo!
Very nice photo with a character coming through.

What is interesting to me is that it is also rather representative of
that epoch. I immediately thought that it reminded me of a famous 
in the former Soviet Union movie "Two soldiers" with a very popular 
Russian actor Mark Bernes. As I just verified it was produced in 1942-1943 
and released in 1943.

While there were views that (at least in my memory) would be even more 
close to the photo of your dad, here is a photo of Mark Bernes in that 
role (it might be even a frame from the movie) that illustrates what
I am talking about:
It is not the facial similarities (although there are some), but the
overall style.



On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM, Paul Stenquist wrote:

> This picture was taken by a U.S. Army Air Forces photographer at Turner 
> Field, Georgia in 1943. My dad was a photographer at that base and a 
> fellow worker shot this pic of him on 8x10 film. I have an original 
> contact print on fiber paper. It's in good shape with just a few cracks 
> and specs here and there. I had tried scanning it once before but was 
> unhappy with the results so I did it again today. It has a broad tonal 
> range so it's a bit tricky. Much happier with this scan.
> Dad was the kindest man I've ever known. Fortunately, he was too old for 
> combat in 1943 so he worked as a photographer, first at Turner Field and 
> later at the Pentagon. He probably wouldn't have mad a very good killer, 
> but he was an excellent photographer and artist. While at Turner Field 
> he painted a huge mural in the chapel. His murals once decorated a 
> number of Chicago residences and buildings, including the lobby of the 
> long-ago-demolished Edgewater Beach Hotel.

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