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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Paper and a Smoke

The Paper and a Smoke

My dad around 1948, Valparaiso, Indiana. View full size.

Dad's radio

The radio was made by the Grigsby-Grunow Company marketed under the Majestic name. In 1928, the Model 72 sold for $167 which is roughly equivalent to a $2000 purchase today...a sizable investment.

Radio

That radio looks like it was getting to be quite an antique by the late '40's. Can any radio buffs i.d. it? It looks 1920's vintage to me.

Thank Dad

You have this man here to thank. He and his brother, who took this shot. Dad always liked taking slides over prints because of the quality and now we reap the benefits. I have dozens and dozens more Shorpy-worthy slides to scan!

Welcome 1950

Judging by that ad in the magazine, it's around Christmas 1949.

Honoring slide-takers

I've been trying to think up some suitable honor to bestow upon everybody who took color slides before 1950. And maybe one only slightly less exalted for before 1960. And another for all the people responsible for their survival to the present day. Sainthood maybe?

 
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