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Vintage photos of:
"For Aunt Annie, Compliments of Mayme".
My grandmother had this photo of a boarding house in Los Angeles in her photo collection. I suspect the photo was given to her grandmother, but I never heard any stories about the photo - I first saw the photo long after she died. Taken by "Mr. B. Howard, View Photographer, 147 South Main St., Los Angeles CAL".
I managed to figure out the location of the house from a few clues in the photo, but I'd be curious what other details folks can gather from it! View full size.