Help Me Identify These Mystery Photos
Help me! On this page I have shared a handful of photos that are a mystery to me. If you have anything to share about them please post in the comments section at the bottom of the page. I will be adding more photos here in the coming months so please be sure to mention the photo number you are writing about. Any and all information is appreciated.
This photo is identified as simply “New Castle PA.” This is definitely a rural area, maybe out in one of the outlying townships. This is probably a c1910 photo. You can see an outhouse to the right and there is an electric pole in front of the large house. The key to this photo would be the unusual bridge/culvert over the creek. It appears two creeks come together right under the road. Post any comments at bottom of page.
This old class photo is presumably from a New Castle schoolhouse, which is seen in the background. I have eliminated most of the old schools in New Castle from contention. It’s a three-story building and quite prominent. It very closely resembles the old Reynoldstown/Central/Aiken School that sat on Pearson Street in New Castle and right now that would be my best guess. I only have photos that show the whole of the Reynoldstown School from the distance, but the windows/door scheme in those do not match this photo. Could this be the rear of the school – or perhaps its not from New Castle at all? I would say its a early 1900’s photo. Post any comments at bottom of page.
This is a class photo that came from an estate sale – and a family that had ties to New Castle and Pittsburgh. So it could be a class photo from a school in Pittsburgh. It’s probably from c1910. The key to this photo may be comparing the front (if it is the front) of the school with other school building photos. Post any comments at bottom of page.
I really have no idea what this photo is actually depicting, but it is marked on the back as “Prohibition” and “New Castle, PA.” This is an undivided back postcard (from the 1901-1907 era) so it’s much earlier than actual Prohibition (1919-1931) – although the fight over alcohol had long been ongoing. It looks like a large wooden vat in the background that has stairs on the left side, with men in uniform gathered around. They have the same hats and look like railroaders or streetcar operators or policemen to me. It at first appears a man and woman are inside the “thing,” but I believe it’s just a picture hanging there. Could this be some sort of a bust by local authorities? Could this have nothing to do with alcohol and be an outing at a park somewhere? If anyone has any ideas about this one I would love to hear them. Post any comments at bottom of page. Be sure to include the photo number is your post. (c1905)