Greetings! My name is Brennan, a young archaeologist addicted to collecting antique and vintage photography. My specialty is WWI and WWII photographic mediums, with an emphasis on color slides taken during WWII, real photo postcards depicting US soldiers, and intact collections of original 35mm and larger format negatives. My WWI collection is dedicated specifically to photographs taken during or directly after the war, with a bulk of my collection being interior studio portraiture. Archaeologist by day, military photography scholar by night; I enjoy helping with obscure research topics……… just ask!
This blog is dedicated to discussing the various aspects of interpreting military photography from the first half of the 20th century. Mainly comprised of WWI and WWII photography, my collecting taste is based on aesthetic and historical merits. I collect a broad range of photographic formats ranging from early glass plate negatives to photographic prints, color slides, and B/W nitrate negatives. This blog is dedicated to casual observations and brief descriptions accompanied by stunning examples of military photography throughout the twentieth century. Enjoy!
A recent article about my search for an identified Marine from a photo album:
Want to see me on the Discovery Channel? I’m the “young archaeologist” in the Stone Face portion of the episode.
What are People Saying About PortraitsofWar?
87th Division Veteran Photos
Did you post these pictures? I’m asking because my dad has these pictures and is actually in two of the pictures. My dad is looking for his Army buddy that posted these and wanted to get in touch with him if possible!
Thanks for your help!
Terry ******* (wishes to remain anonymous)
As a Korean War Vet These are the best photos of that war that I have ever seen.
Thanks for showing them.
I just found your post on Lincoln Loper — he’s an ancestor of mine! He was my grandmother’s cousin, but I know about him mainly through the mentions made of him in a family newsletter that my great grandfather wrote. I’ve been publishing the newsletter one issue at a time over the past several years at my blog (which is otherwise just a photo diary) here: https://boomerang2.wordpress.com/. In case you’re interested, you can find most of what I know about Lincoln in this post here: https://boomerang2.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/warm-weather-continues-original-boomerang-for-december-22-1918/ — Back to your blog: what an *amazing* photo! I’m just curious: how do you know it’s of Lincoln (was it on the other side of the postcard)?
Thanks, thanks for your blog — I watched the part of the Discovery channel show that featured you — best wishes to you with your work!
“I chanced upon a photo on your site of 5 litter bearers of the 127th Regiment, one being my great uncle Emil Buckendahl. Would it be possible to obtain a clean image of it. I have a studio portrait of Emil in uniform to exchange, if you desire”
(Nephew discovers postcard of his battle-decorated uncle)
“Very interesting info!! I am John F Housman III from coal city, the soldier in this picture was of my grandfather who passed away when I was 16 years old, I would be interested in the info you have to share with the rest of my family. please email me at XXXXXX”
(Grandson finds WWII 3rd Armored Division Grandfather on PortraitsofWar)
“UNBELIEVABLE! Googling my grandfather THE PORTRAITS OF WAR popped up with the photos of my grandfather. I had no idea and was surprised and PROUD. Thank you for the surprise and recognition! Drew W”
“Thank you for the photo of Aunt Ella. I have been researching my mother and two of her friends who graduated the same nursing school as Ella, but in 1948 as cadets. It wasn’t until recently that I became aware of Ella’s WWI service. Uncles Ted and Emil were both in France during the war. It is my understanding that that Ted and Ella met at the VFW after the war, but that is only from my mother’s memory. They lost one child in infancy. Aunt Ella was also the inspiration for another niece that graduated from Ravenswood Nursing School in Chicago in 1928.”
(Nephew finds his WWI aunt on PortraitsofWar)
“You’ve done it again – Robert Duffy was my grandfather! After being shot down over Le Minibus, he was held as a POW in Stalag Luft 3 for nine months before returning home when the war ended…………………..My family may be able to help in your quest for WWII and Korean War color pictures – I’ll go through what we have. In the meantime, none of us had ever seen this picture – thanks very much for posting!”
(Retired Air Force Grandson discovers Korean War slide of his grandfather on PortraitsofWar!)
“That is my grandfather! For what ever reason, I decided to so some research on my grandfather’s unit in the Air Force, 4 pages later, here I am looking at his photograph and the census record for him and my great aunts & uncles.”
(388th BG Grandson discovers photo of his grandfather)
“I was there, seen it, did it. Jack l. Jackson En2 – One more thing, I recall and have a picture of the Xmas tree on the Quarter Deck. I was not EN2, But a fireman on Chief’s Mess cooking at the time. Jack”
(Korean War Navy veteran recalls shots in my collection)
“Yes this is my father. He was a radioman on on a plane called Heavens Above in which he flew 25 missions over Germany .He also married my mother in London in 1943 .My older sister was born in London in 1945.my mother is still alive and is 92.I own this original picture and many more of my dad career in the USAF and Army Air Corps”
(Son discovers photo of father on PortraitsofWar)