Last week’s Friday Mystery Place looks like it wasn’t a great challenge, as it was figured out on the same day it was posted by Germanophile, who correctly identified this as a Lion of Lucerne.
This memorial rock relief was designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn by Lukas Ahorn in 1820-1821. The dying lion commemorates the Swiss Guards, whose lives were lost in defense of the French King during the French Revolution. Additional detail can be found in the Wikipedia article about the Lion Monument of Lucerne.
Let’s visit another country this week with a slide from 1960…
This busy street scene takes us back to simpler times, even though there is quite a bit of traffic in this view. Where are we in this shot? For car buffs: what car is that in the foreground?
The slide, from which this scan came, was processed in August of 1960; it was shot on Kodak Ektachrome slide file. Despite its age, the typical Ektachrome pinkish cast (due to cyan dye fading over time) is rather minimal
As last Friday’s mystery slide got a very positive response, I figured that I’d post another one from quite a while ago. This time, the slide didn’t have the answer marked on it, as it just said “#2”, but I think some smart readers can tell me a little about the following image:
This image is another slide scan from the collection of slides that I received from my father-in-law. Clearly, his father did a bit of traveling, as there are airplanes in the image.
This location has some interesting features, such as the fish pond and the pagoda and looks rather peaceful.
I am looking forward to what you can tell me about this location and its history.
Today, I want to start something a little different: present you with a mystery. Not a deep, dark mystery to be sure, but, rather, something from the past that may interest both young and old.
This image is a scan from a slide, that was not taken by me; I came upon a collection of slides that my father-in-law was going to throw out (they were wrapped up neatly in a paper towel with tape marked trash on them).
Luckily, he was nice enough to check and see, if I wanted the containers that they were stored in, so I asked him, if I could have the slides too. He kind of shrugged and said, “Sure”.
This was a couple of years ago and I promptly bought a slide scanner, but never touched them until this week. After getting a new driver for the scanner from the manufacturer in Taiwan, I fired it up last night and let it scan the first 36 slides.
That is when I noticed this slide that I present to you as a mystery. What do you make of it? What is this location? What is its purpose?
Hope you enjoy this little mystery. If you do, I may bring out more slides from this collection. I’m curious to see what all of you can bring to the light.