Pap: Crossing the Bridge, Taken 1946/1947 in Manila, Philippines

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Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr.

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…).

Pap: Cook’s Uniform, Taken 1946/1947 in Manila, Philippines

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Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr.

Here’s Pap looking snazzy in his cook’s uniform!

Pap: KP Pals, Taken 1946/1947 in Manila, Philippines

Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr._1947_Manila, Philippines_06Here’s Pap with some of his fellow cooks from the mess hall in their white service uniforms.  I wonder who these other men were and where they are now.

EDIT: Wait, the little dude in the middle is not Pap, now that I blew up the picture and took a closer look.

Pap: Taken November 1946 (?) in Manila, Philippines

Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr._1947_Manila, Philippines_07I had a bad day today.  But in perspective, my bad day was nothing compared to being drafted and shipped out to a foreign country thousands of miles away from your friends and family.

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.

Pap: Taking Five, Taken 1947 in Manila, Philippines

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Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr.

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.

Pap: Showing Off, Taken 1946/1947 in Manila, Philippines

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Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr.

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.

Sister Appreciation Post: Happy Birthday Michele!

20120424-095547.jpgToday I am wishing my sister Michele a very happy 25th birthday! 🙂

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!

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