Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Window into the Past

I was sorting through several cigar boxes of old photos a few days ago, and discovered this one, taken about 1956 on Lawton Lane, right in front of the house I now live in. I am in the photo with two close friends. Stanley Gaskins is one of the other boys in the picture. Stanley moved off the island about five years after this photo was taken. Unfortunately Stanley died several years ago. Wayne Teeter is also in the photo. Many readers of this blog know Wayne, a local fisherman and colorful island character. My uncle Marvin, scout master for the mounted Boy Scout troop, is in the background standing beside his Jeep pickup truck.

Does anyone want to guess which one of the boys is me, which one is Wayne, and which one is Stanley? Click on the photo to view a larger image, and leave your comment. I will give the answer in a few days.

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  1. What's the pony's name? I can guess which one he is right away.

  2. Anonymous7:25 AM

    from left to right:
    Wayne, Stanley, Phillip?

  3. Debbie Leonard7:53 AM

    I guess that you are the one on the right.

  4. On the riht. BTW loved the pic yesterdayec

  5. Anonymous1:37 PM

    Phillip is on the steed. Wayne wearing the stripes, has the lead last but not least Stanley the horse whisper is resting his left hand on the mare.

  6. I think it's Philip with his hand on the pony's neck. Wayne on the pony's back and Stanley in the striped shirt, holding the bridle.

  7. Anonymous8:01 PM

    Don't know of the other blokes, but my money is on Phillip, front left (though the guy on the pony is giving me second thoughts).

  8. Anonymous8:05 PM

    In any case, what a terrific photo--really captures a sense of time and place there.

    I've seen fences like the one in the background on the island. Is it still in place across from your current home, Phillip? Kind of looks familiar.

    Great shot, Phillip. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, to set your way-back machine to 1956, eh? Bet you'd go back in a heart beat--just for a little visit.

  9. Kathy3:45 AM

    I can't decide - I keep looking for a sign of Lachlan's face, because last time I saw him (last weekend) I saw alot of Philip there.

  10. It took me three tries to get it right!

  11. Anon 1:37 got it right. Stanley is wearing the white t-shirt. He has his left hand on the pony's neck. Wayne is wearing the striped shirt, and I am astride Wayne's pony, Beauty.

    Those were good days!

  12. Anonymous1:22 AM

    Wow I was correct! I suppose Sherlock Holmes would surmise that the owner, Wayne would be holding the bridle and is he not standing in a most beaming manner, the master of a charming pony.The photo, kept all these years by the young man pictured on such a handsome piece of horse/pony flesh. And thus the third member of the trio, only by process of elimination, has been identified as Stanley. Honestly, only in hindsight did these clues reveal themselves to me. I attempted to study the Howard likeness from grandson to grandpa to aide my guess. Anon 1:37 lol