1950s panoramic photos gifted to Bermuda by US Navy vet’s son
Richard (Buster) Banish of Ohio was very close to throwing out his father's old photos of Bermuda, when he had a change of heart.
He decided instead to donate the two photos to the people of Bermuda.
Mr Banish's father Andrew was stationed in Bermuda with the United States Navy when he was 19 years old.
He died in Ohio in 2008 leaving his son with two beautiful panoramic photographs of Bermuda taken in 1952.
“I am keen to return these photos to the people of Bermuda,” said the younger Mr Banish.
He contacted the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce (BCC) who in turn contacted the Masterworks Museum at the Botanical Gardens in Paget.
“We said of course we were interested,” said Elise Outerbridge, Masterworks Curator. “There is an amazing panorama of Hamilton Harbour taken in 1952 which identifies all the buildings. It is called Birdseye View of Hamilton.
There is also one of Mr Banish's Platoon 795. They have historic value because there weren't many panoramas taken of Bermuda in that time period. These were photos taken by the US Navy.”
“We were excited when Joanne shared the e-mailed photographs with us,” said Tom Butterfield, Creative Director and Founder of Masterworks. “The timing could not be more fortuitous as we are now preparing a new exhibit called A Tale of Two Cities that will open in January 17, 2014. The Birdseye View of Hamilton photograph will be an excellent addition to the exhibition. It is a great photograph of Hamilton as seen from Harbour Road and spans nearly five ft.”
Mr Banish said he was delighted that the photographs had found a home in Bermuda.
“Something of dad's will be able to live on and be enjoyed by others,” he said. “It was quite close to being thrown away.”