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January 1, 1863. "Contrabands coming into camp -- arrival of Negro family in the Union lines." This image, half of a stereograph pair, was turned into a sketch by the artist Alfred Waud and appeared in the Jan. 31, 1863, issue of Harper's Weekly over the caption "An arrival in Camp -- under the Proclamation of Emancipation." Wet plate negative by David B. Woodbury. View full size.
In 1958 my father worked for Ford and our family was transferred from Windsor, Ontario, to Geelong and Melbourne, Australia, for five years. Ford Australia cars were mostly British models, such as Zephyrs and Consuls. The Falcon was introduced and it took direct aim at General Motors Holden products. There were a few "Yank Tanks" around, and the 1959 Fairlane 500 would have been in that category. This Kodachrome was taken by my father on what appears to be a tour of Ford dealers, as Coates Motors was located in Bairnsdale, 280 km east of Melbourne. There is a rain deflector on the driver's side window -- Victoria state law still required hand signals. View full size.