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Feelin' Groovy: 1909

Feelin' Groovy: 1909

"Blackwell's Island Bridge, East River." Circa 1909 glass negative. Blackwell's Island is now Roosevelt Island, and today the span is called the Queensboro (or 59th Street) Bridge. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Literary Landmark: 1906

Literary Landmark: 1906

Circa 1906. "Cossitt Library, Memphis." This Romanesque red sandstone structure, at Front and Monroe on the banks of the Mississippi, was Memphis's first public library when it opened in 1893. Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Strange Span: 1907

Strange Span: 1907

Circa 1907. "Aerial bridge. Duluth, Minnesota." Suspended Car Transfer over the Duluth Ship Canal. The gondola could carry 60 tons of cargo across the 300-foot channel with minimal obstruction of the shipping lane. After modification for service as a vertical lift, the span became known as the Aerial Lift Bridge. 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ty Slides: 1924

Ty Slides: 1924

Aug. 16, 1924, at Griffith Stadium in Washington. "Nationals and Tigers. Ty Cobb safe at third after making a triple." View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Back to School: 1962

Back to School: 1962

December 1962. I'm a junior in high school, and during Christmas break a chum and I revisit the grade school we graduated from two and a half years earlier. Lo and behold, there we find, in our old classroom, our eighth grade teacher, in mufti, along with his wife and daughter. "With a little more effort and attentiveness, Paul can accomplish much more than he presently is," is what he'd written on my report card in 1960. Man, did he have me figured. Check out my then-de rigueur white-socks-with-black-loafers and semi-peg pants. I was bound and determined to at least not dress like a dork. Self-timer Kodachrome with my new Retinette, its light leak as yet undiscovered and casting a fog on my friend. View full size.

Flyboy: 1948

Flyboy: 1948

Another picture of me taken by my father at Riverview Beach Amusement Park, Pennsville, New Jersey, in August 1948. This shot clearly shows early indication of my love for all sorts of transportation and travel! View full size | Firetruck.

Over the River: 1902

Over the River: 1902

"Chicago & North Western viaduct over Des Moines River near Boone, Iowa" ca. 1902. Photo by William Henry Jackson. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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