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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Jack Browne: 1944

Jack Browne: 1944

Inscription on the reverse reads Jack Browne, Camp Blanding, Fla., May 3, 1944. Son of bank president William Browne and his wife Frances, son Jack (1925-2009) would take over the family business in 1965, becoming president of what is now the Wadena State Bank. He would retire in 1995, then in 1999 provide a $1 million endowment to the Jack and Alvida Browne Foundation, established to support the arts, recreation, and economic development in the town of Wadena, MN. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Time well spent

A lot of hours with a can of Kiwi and a cloth. That's a great spit shine.

Sure don't build them

...like they used to. And I don't mean the car. I mean the guy. Sgt. Rock is only 19!

 
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