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Vintage photos of:
"Santa Baby 1963" now in the early 1970's in Rochester, Indiana. Kodachrome. View full size.
Onalaska, Wisconsin, early 1950s, when full service was the rule. View full size.
First Holy Communion in 1971 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rochester, Indiana, from a 35mm slide. View full size.
February 1942. Akron, Ohio. Another esoteric industrial process involving scary-looking thingamabobs essential to the war effort. Executive summary: Performing a painstakingly choreographed ballet of complicated tasks at precisely timed intervals, Joe Warworker here is doing his part to Speed Victory! View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
Christmas 1963 in Rochester, Indiana. From a slide. View full size.