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skunker
07-03-2009, 01:13 PM
Hello,
When my grandmother passed away, my mother found a shoebox full of old photographs in my grandmother's closet. I've uploaded a photo of a soldier in uniform. We don't know who this is or even what nationality it could be from. Perhaps it's one of our ancestors?

This got me thinking, if someone wanted to find out more about an unknown photo, how would you go about doing it? Where do you go to get help?

I have created a site where people can upload photos of unknown old photographs in hopes that site visitors can help solve the photo mysteries.

Today we launched the site for the first time and I uploaded the photo of what appears to be a WW1 soldier in uniform. But, we don't know anything about the photo. What nationality is this? Is it indeed WW1 era?

Site: http://www.dustyfoto.com/lynnmed/image/117

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Would be nice to have it posted on the other site so the uploader can be notified.

Thanks for any clues you can provide. if you have photos you'd like to upload, go ahead and sign up for a free account there.

Mormaeglin
07-03-2009, 01:26 PM
Truly splendid project You have here, may I ask whether it is just US oriented or all countries apply?

skunker
07-03-2009, 01:28 PM
Truly splendid project You have here, may I ask whether it is just US oriented or all countries apply?

Well, I never thought it was just constrained to the US. So, I suppose it's open to everyone--even martians:)

Skutatos
07-03-2009, 01:36 PM
Probably a british, canadian or australian soldier.

The quillion hooked bayonet looks like a P1907.
http://nsm01.casimages.com/img/2009/02/13//090213100229486973145354dotjpg

skunker
07-03-2009, 01:39 PM
Probably a british, canadian or australian soldier.

The quillion hooked bayonet looks like a P1907.
http://nsm01.casimages.com/img/2009/02/13//090213100229486973145354dotjpg

My grandmother's ancestors were only polish/german. I don't know if that helps.

Mormaeglin
07-03-2009, 01:40 PM
Well, I never thought it was just constrained to the US. So, I suppose it's open to everyone--even martians:)

I wonder whether that idea of martians was enfuelled by my avatar ,) (in fact it is warmian-masurian folk costume however, at first it looks like something from cheap SF movie from 60s ,P)

Mormaeglin
07-03-2009, 01:42 PM
My grandmother's ancestors were only polish/german. I don't know if that helps.

It may be Austro-Hungarian uniform.

The Professor
07-03-2009, 01:47 PM
I think he's wearing a Polish uniform due to the collar decoration, possibly circa 1919 - 20 look here http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=4743&start=450 I do have some more info somewhere, I'll try and dig it out.

Skutatos
07-03-2009, 01:49 PM
Probably polish then.

Found this photo of polish ww1 uniforms and they seem similar:
http://www.jarkiewicz.com/new%20images/poland2dotjpg

Maybe a french bayonet on his side then.

Smok
07-03-2009, 02:43 PM
Probably polish uniform from 1919-20.

skunker
07-03-2009, 03:08 PM
You guys rock. But, is there anyway one of you can register and post that answer for her? That's the only way she would get notified (it sends an auto email if an answer is posted).

big_les
07-03-2009, 03:23 PM
Just to confirm, definitely not British or Empire.

The Professor
07-04-2009, 05:22 AM
You guys rock. But, is there anyway one of you can register and post that answer for her? That's the only way she would get notified (it sends an auto email if an answer is posted).

I've done so.

The Professor
07-04-2009, 05:46 AM
I also think the bayonet is French, possibly being a veteran of the Polish forces on the Western Front during WW1. This volunteer force was the Polish contribution to the allies on the Western Front and were known under various names: The Blue Army (they wore Horizon Blue uniforms), the Polish Legion and finally "The Haller Army" as they were under the command of General Jozef Haller, a veteran from the 2nd Polish Legion serving in the Austrian Army

Good article here (if a little 'flowery').
http://www.hallersarmy.com/