Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vintage photo: Janis Ancīts of Latvia

The advancement of technology has unintended consequences. Affordable cameras made photography commonplace, which led to the decline of portraits as an art form.

Pictured is Janis Ancīts of Latvia, circa 1920, Mrs. Marathon Pundit's second cousin. (She thinks.)

Ancīts lived in tumultuous times. He fought in the Czar's Army in World War I, witnessed World War II, and Latvia's annexation by the Soviet Union.

He lived into his 80s. He died mysteriously. He went out for a walk one day and never returned. Mrs. MP's family surmised that he accidentally walked into a nearby bog and drowned.

If you like vintage photographs, I urge you to visit Dr. X's Free Associations.

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