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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Knott's Berry Farm: 1964

Knott's Berry Farm: 1964

The 1960s saw several SoCal family vacations to visit my sister and her family, and this time the whole slew of us took in Knott's Berry Farm, where I took 18 color slides, as opposed the over 40 I shot in Disneyland. So that'll show you. Faux-reality fan that I was, I liked wandering around Knott's old western-style buildings, cement cliffs and miniature buildings, but no doubt about it, Disneyland was my heaven on earth. Oh, and it was nice seeing the family, too. View full size.

The Lyceum: 1904

The Lyceum: 1904

        Eugenie Blair (1864-1922) was what theater people would call a real trouper -- the actress dropped dead after a performance of "Anna Christie" at the Cort Theater in Chicago.

June 1904. "Lyceum Theatre, Detroit." Onstage this week: Eugenie Blair in "Claire or the Ironmaster." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, and the terminals. Waiting for a bus at the Memphis station." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Her First Kissel: 1922

Her First Kissel: 1922

San Francisco circa 1922. "Kissel Tourster at Golden Gate Park." The driver evidently an understudy for Isadora Duncan. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Senior Prom: 1955

Senior Prom: 1955

My brother's Marin Catholic High School classmates all decked out for their 1955 Senior Prom. He took this Ektachrome slide in the Larkspur, California, home of the girl on the right. 1950s accouterments include a table model TV set, spectacular lamp shade and those interesting light bulbs, a variety we also had in our own home a couple blocks away. View full size.

Executive Patio: 1953

Executive Patio: 1953

October 12, 1953. "Becton Dickinson & Co., East Rutherford, New Jersey. Interior from entrance to rear reception room. Fellheimer & Wagner, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Expansion Club: 1904

Expansion Club: 1904

Indianapolis circa 1904. "Columbia Club on Monument Circle." Built out to the lot line. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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