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Vintage photos of:
1912: My father (right) and his younger brother pose for a traveling photographer outside their home in Santa Rosa, California. 1985: 73 years later, they reenact the photo for my sister in our yard in Larkspur. This was the last time they were together; my father passed away six months later, and my uncle in 1988.