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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Courtship, 1957

Courtship, 1957

My parents, engaged but not yet married in 1957. Dad was a mechanical engineer (probably working at Allison in Indianapolis at the time), Mom was midway through her college education at St. Mary's of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana. They met on a blind date on New Year's Eve and were married the next September.

Thirty-three years later my wife and I had our wedding reception in the same hall where my parents first met. View full size.

Ah yes, The Woods

This is Le Fer Lake at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. My wife and I took some of our wedding pictures on that bridge. I haven't met a Woodsie yet that didn't have a strong affection for that spot on campus.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

The lighting is perfect--what a wonderful couple and wonderful shot. You can see her engagement ring all the way from here.

What a lovely photo

That photo looks like it was taken yesterday. Absolutely gorgeous. And the scenery isn't bad either.

 
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