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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Dad and Grandma

Dad and Grandma

Grandma was Miss Toronto 1923. She later became a hand model. I'm told my dad, Jerry, was the Philip Morris call boy in Canada. I have three photos of him in his uniform and hat, but they look like proofs. He has performed his "call" a million times over the years. Has anyone ever seen Jerry as the Philip Morris call boy?

On Wisconsin: 1909

On Wisconsin: 1909

Wisconsin crew team in shell. June 29, 1909. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Harvard Varsity Eight: 1913

Harvard Varsity Eight: 1913

The Harvard varsity crew team on June 18, 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

How to Be Cool: 1912

How to Be Cool: 1912

Matty McIntyre of the Chicago White Sox against a backdrop of sales pitches in 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Opening Day: 1908

Opening Day: 1908

Opening Day at Hilltop Park, April 14, 1908. New York Highlanders and Philadelphia Athletics. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Willie Lewis: 1911

Willie Lewis: 1911

The boxer Willie Lewis working out in November 1911. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mayer Sisters: 1927

Mayer Sisters: 1927

Misses Edith and Irene Mayer, daughters of movie magnate Louis Mayer, call on President Calvin Coolidge. View full size.

 
 
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