A month ago, we received a new accession of photographs from Dave Stapley, whose family once owned a farm on the Boundary Road, at the eastern side of Deseronto. The farm was close to the World War One pilot training site, Camp Rathbun, and many of the 33 photos depict men, buildings, and aircraft of the camp.
As usual, there are pictures of crashes on the ground (look closely at the trees on this one in relation to the aircraft):
Crashes into hangar buildings at the camp:
And into water (you can see the Foresters’ Island Orphanage in the background of this shot):
There are also several photographs of (mainly) unidentified individuals, including this lovely shot of a man crossing the finishing line of a race:
The skull-and-crossbones motif seen on the aircraft and on the tops of the runners here is a symbol used by the men of 90 C.T.S. (Canadian Training Squadron), which was based at Camp Rathbun. We know nothing about the creator of these photographs, but we can surmise that he was a member of 90 C.T.S. who left his photographs behind him after he left the area.