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Vintage photos of:
Feb. 1, 1917. Cambridge, Mass. "Vincenzo Messina, 15 years old and brother Angelo, 11, baking bread for father, 174 Salem Street. Vincenzo is working nights now, from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Usually works on day shift. Angelo helps a great deal, tends store and helps bake, too." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Christmas 1958 somewhere in Pennsylvania. The young man we last glimpsed dressed up for Halloween, seen here in our fifth slide from a batch of 35mm Kodachromes found on eBay. I am imagining carols on the hi-fi, grandparents in the next room and delicious aromas wafting in from the kitchen. View full size.
A shot of serendipity at the parking lot, base of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, March 1969. Has the view of the desert below changed much today? Love the spunk of the guy with the older Corvette, half of the rear fiberglass clip missing. View full size.