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Another look at the fading Atlantic City from my grandfather's family trip in 1964. View full size.
San Francisco April 14, 1934. "East side looking south, Montgomery Street commercial buildings." In later years the Gold Rush-era building here housing the Chicago Specialty Co. became the law offices of flamboyant San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli. Today this block is part of the Jackson Square Historic District, while down the street at the next corner the Transamerica Pyramid rises. Large format negative by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.
May 1942. "In the parade of the Festival of the Holy Ghost, a Portuguese-American celebration. Novato, California." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Old Mrs. Lawson ran the show at the one-room school in Honey Grove, Pennsylvania and she was my mother's inspiration to become a teacher. My grandfather photographed her by the schoolhouse door in 1958 on the school's last-ever day of class. The new consolidated elementary school opened the following fall. View full size.