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    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.

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    Truly splendid project You have here, may I ask whether it is just US oriented or all countries apply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mormaeglin View Post
    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

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    Probably a british, canadian or australian soldier.

    The quillion hooked bayonet looks like a P1907.
    http://nsm01.casimages.com/img/2009/...73145354dotjpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skutatos View Post
    Probably a british, canadian or australian soldier.

    The quillion hooked bayonet looks like a P1907.
    http://nsm01.casimages.com/img/2009/...73145354dotjpg
    My grandmother's ancestors were only polish/german. I don't know if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunker View Post
    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)

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunker View Post
    My grandmother's ancestors were only polish/german. I don't know if that helps.
    It may be Austro-Hungarian uniform.

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    I think he's wearing a Polish uniform due to the collar decoration, possibly circa 1919 - 20 look here http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtop...4743&start=450 I do have some more info somewhere, I'll try and dig it out.

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    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.

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    Probably polish uniform from 1919-20.

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    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).

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    Just to confirm, definitely not British or Empire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunker View Post
    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.

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    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/

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