If you’re a woody boat-a-holic like me, you spend countless hours scouring the web for anything boat related; boats, parts, manuals, photos, memorabilia, etc.
Years ago, I found an old photo album on eBay. It looked to be a keepsake or souvenir album featuring an old boat. I love old black & white photos from the past, especially if there’s a boat pictured. So I bid on it and won the auction for $9.99.
It contains 10 photos of a unique Chris Craft sedan and it’s passengers. Judging by their clothing, they were taken over the course of one day. Pictured were a man and his girlfriend (or wife) enjoying a day on the water.
Stamped into the cover of album is “US” – John Pirro – 1950.
When looking at vintage photos, I often find myself imagining what the people pictured were experiencing at that point in time. Was this a date? Was he shipping out to sea the next day? Why does she seem unhappy? In this case of this album, it almost seemed as if was spying on their personal moment.
It soon became clear to me, as with many of the pieces/parts that I find, that this piece didn’t belong to me. It belongs to John Pirro and/or his surviving family members.
I’m reaching out to the wooden boat community to help me find the proper owners of this album.
Who is John Pirro?