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Vintage photos of:
Diamond Bar, California, August 1965. The owner of the MG across the street isn't having quite as good a day as my niece and nephew. I shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.
Washington, D.C. "Baby carriage. November 3, 1921." The inscription: "This wagon was made by Issacher Hughes in Richmond, Va., in 1808 for his first-born son. Has been used by six generations. Presented to the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, District of Columbia, Nov. 2, 1921, by his grandson, James W. Hughes." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
1955 and 2002 (OK, so it's not quite "now"). A gag shot my brother and I arranged with an empty beer can found nearby, and a reenactment shot by my sister 47 years later. The building is the shell of the c. 1894 Limerick Inn in Larkspur, California. View full size.
"Unidentified man with hat." 1919 or 1920. View full size. National Photo Co. Update: This is none other than National Photo Company founder and proprietor Herbert E. French, who donated his entire inventory of glass and film negatives to the Library of Congress. Where someone should have their knuckles rapped!