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From an old family scrapbook: "Come to our picnic and egg hunt at Bull Creek bridge Thursday April 17 1930 at 10 oclock." Inola, Oklahoma. View full size.
A friend found this at a thrift shop. On the back someone wrote "Harry's football team, High School, Rootstown, Ohio." I can't help but notice the size of the football and lack of helmets. I wonder if this was before helmets. View full size.
Recently acquired photo. WWI donations. View full size.
The picture is from a negative I recently found in my aunt's estate. It shows my grandfather visiting my Uncle Hermann at basic training about 1942. Granddad was a mechanical engineer who emigrated to the US from Germany in 1907. Hermann was also a mechanical engineer who returned from his service to raise a family of five. Many years later Hermann designed and patented the Jenn-Air indoor grill. View full size.
It's Uncle Don (last seen here 10 years before) in our backyard in Rochester, Indiana. My brother is wearing one of those groovy new smiley face T-shirts. Behind us is "the field" we got to play in and make trails and bike ramps and forts. In the extreme left near the horizon line is a corn field. Next to that is a barn full of tractors and antique cars. As I recall there were some foreign sports cars, too. Kodachrome slide with a date stamp of June 1973. View full size.