Monday, October 3, 2011

Little Mysteries At Each Step

The above is a postcard from my grandpa to my aunt (his young daughter) when he was in training.  Does anyone know the right things to try to get this to expose in a way (digitally) that I might be able to read the writing?  Some of my favorites are the letters to the kids, and I'm sure this is just a little note, but I figure it must be fixable... I just don't know how.  That's how all of this seems to go right now.  I know most of the people in a picture, but who is that one guy?  This box of Oddfellows jewelry is labeled as belonging to one uncle, but then why is the name on the certificates someone else's (who I don't know).  I'm starting to understand what Grandpa's ship was doing during the war, but what does a Quartermaster actually do?  The cool thing is that some of these little mysteries are solvable.  I know a bit about what a Quartermaster does now, and intend to learn more.  I may never know who that guy is, but I may take the picture to my aunt next week and she'll know exactly who he is.  It's wonderful having these little wonders in my life.

And on a completely different note, my family and I are moving houses in the next month, and so posting has been light and may continue to be light.  I'm not really sure.  But don't worry, I'm still here, and I promise I have a huge stack of letters and pictures and odds and ends still waiting to be explored, so there will be much more to come.  Thanks for hanging in there with me.


  1. Hey M!
    If your scanning software has an OCR component (optical character recognition), that might work. Otherwise, you could mess with the contrast. Convert the scan to grayscale, then mess with the brightness/contrast. I can help if you want to send me the jpg.

    I think quartermasters are in charge of acquiring and distributing gear to the soldiers. But you probably figured out that much! Incidentally, some Boy Scout troops have quartermasters, and I think it's a merit badge. That position might be obsolete now in BS troops.

  2. Thanks, Matt! I'm going to try the black and white idea and I'll let you know how it goes!