A question for the detectives among us. For some time I have had this image in my possession. It is the picture side of a Korean postal card. The card itself may not seem very interesting from a philatelic point of view and the seller didn’t ask much for it (I think 1500 won, just over 1 EUR), but this card shows something which makes this photo very interesting to me.
Unfortunately, despite the low price I forgot to bid on the item on Kobay at the time, so this picture is all I can show. The photo was taken at the 산방굴사, a mountain temple on the island of Jeju (Cheju). The image looks to the south (south west), and shows the south-western tip of the island in the distance. To get an idea of what the area looks like, this Korean language blog shows the exact same view today as the first photo. If you scroll down you can also see the rest of the area, including a peninsula in the distance.
We know the location, that part was easy. Now please have a look at the men in the photo. They are clearly wearing military uniforms, three different types actually. Since several of our members were in the military for years, I wonder: does anybody recognize any of these uniforms? I have created an enlargement of the relevant area using a new type of AI. The result is quite good, notice the difference in size at 4x enlargement, but some things may be a bit overdone.
Oh, and that thing which makes this photo so particularly interesting to me? Well, the thing about this card is that I happen to have a family connection to the area shown in the card. That south-western tip, the peninsula in the distance, actually is the area (모슬포/대정읍) where my mother-in-law’s family still lives up to this very day. I even own the original (Japanese era) document showing my mother-in-law’s grandfather buying the farm land her father is still(!) working today, complete with the (Japanese) revenue stamp attached to it. But that document is for another day.
So, for now: what can we learn from this photo? Please leave your ideas in the comments below.