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Vintage photos of:
My younger brother, riding his new bike. Our street was a cul-de-sac in Walnut, California. This was probably around 1968. It was a good place for kids to explore the nearby hills. We learned to ride bikes, spend weekend mornings hiking the hills, and staying away from our parents. On our little street, things were mostly like they were in so-called "the good old days." View full size.
September 1954. "Photographs show actor Gary Cooper at home in California with wife Veronica and daughter Maria, and on patio smoking pipe." Color transparency by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "Gary Cooper, Strong and Silent for Thirty Years." View full size.
July 1943. "Rockville, Maryland (vicinity). Private Harvey Horton, visiting the N.C. Stiles dairy farm while on furlough from Fort Belvoir, Virginia, at dinner with the family." Including, at left, 16-year-old Charles Stiles. Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.