A friend recently ran across this picture and asked me what year the T was on the left side of the pic. I told him it's not a T but then I started wondering who this group of men were, what were they doing on this cold day. The Touring car in the picture has side curtains, tire chains, a large brake drum rear axle and a rim with no tire on the spare tire mount. The driver is standing next to the tree. There is a cop a couple people to his left. Most every one has a pin / medal on their lapel that is heart shaped. Anyone recognize any of the buildings?
I have a higher resolution pic if anyone wants a copy to zoom in on.
Old Soldiers Home? Just a guess.
I don't think it is a T. The center hub/hubcap looks too large.
It could be a reunion of the GAR. If the picture was taken in Indiana, you have 598 GAR posts to choose from.
guys appear to be too young for GAR members, can you send me a hi res copy?
fraternal order of water buffalo?
They are participating in the Henry Ford look a like contest.
Here's a couple close up areas that I zoomed in on.
OK so it's the "National Doom and Gloom Society" Perhaps the photographer forgot to say cheese but that is one large group of frowns!
I believe the car is an early Dodge. They used that somewhat unusual rear fender style for a number of years. Studebaker also used a similar fender where the front turns forward to meet the running board. But not until the mid-late '20s.
Most of the men are wearing a ribbon and/or medal of some kind. I hope someone can identify their group.
Drive carefully, and enjoy the holidays! W2
Spanish-American war vets... troop
Two fellows stand out to my eye: Is that the chauffer for the Dodge on the left, an a police officer on the right?
Looks like everyone else is wearing their suits and seem to all have a medal of some sort.
Here's about as close as I can get of the medals before it gets too blurry.
Hard to tell at that resolution, but the first thing the shape reminded me of was the Purple Heart.
The chauffer appears to be an Army officer, or in the undress uniform of 1898 or 1902. Undress uniform on the left.
I’m not sure if the car and age group etc. would be correct to 1932 or later.
The Purple Heart medals were issued (actually re-issued) in 1932, so these men
would have been at least16 years younger when they were wounded in WW1.
Even younger if they did not apply until a few years after 1932.
“By Executive Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington's birth, out of respect to his memory and military achievements, by War Department General Orders No. 3, dated February 22, 1932. The Purple Heart award is a heart-shaped medal within a gold border, 1 ⅜ inches (35 mm) wide, containing a profile of General George Washington. Above the heart appears a shield of the coat of arms of George Washington (a white shield with two red bars and three red stars in chief) between sprays of green leaves. The reverse consists of a raised bronze heart with the words FOR MILITARY MERIT below the coat of arms and leaves.”
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