Although you might think it with the bridge featured in the scenery, this picture was not taken in Pittsburgh. 🙂 Here’s Pap probably checking out the downtown area of Manila on the weekend, when he was off duty. He told me that downtown Manila was actually bigger than the City of Bridges. (Not sure if that’s really true, though…).
Here’s Pap looking snazzy in his cook’s uniform!
This picture has the same series number as several other pictures dated November 1946 on the back (Grammie) showing ships and cranes and bridges around what looks to be a harbor at Manila. I’m not sure what kind of vessel the servicemen are on and to where they are traveling (or why). What a great shot, though. I wonder what land (island? atoll?) that is across the water.
Looks like Pap is taking a little break here on his bench outside one of the buildings in Manila, presumably one of those occupied by the U.S. Army (the kitchen?). I like the shadow of the palm fronds in the background – it looks like it was a sunny day. I swear, my pap still makes that same face today.
Another neat picture of my skinny little grandfather showing off (for Grammie?) by the bunks. You can see “TRASH” faintly written on the trash cans. I like the U.S. Army vehicle and the tree in the background.
When choosing pictures to post I really try and select the most interesting ones that either feature my pap, are aesthetically interesting, show some culturally or historically interesting scenery, or all of the above, like this one.
Michele with one “L” has been working very hard to establish a career in animal husbandry over the last few years. My sister has worked with some special animals through her jobs and internships at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the National Aviary, the Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and the Blue Iguana Recovery Program in the Cayman Islands. In addition, she is a proud pet parent to two cats: Smooch and Swayze. I am very proud of her!