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Main Street, USA in Disneyland, that is, where my friend has captured me on Kodachrome with bell-bottoms billowing and armed with Super-8 camera. I didn't know this photo existed until a few days ago when he and I discovered a cache of slides in a forgotten box at his place. In fact, I'd totally forgotten we'd taken this Southern California road trip at all. Much to his amusement. View full size.
Continuing our visit to Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895, we find Helen and Willard Douglas taking their ease Snoopy-style at the family compound, which seems to be equipped with accommodations for poultry as well as laundry. 5x7 glass negative by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.
Our third visit with the Douglas family in Takoma Park, Maryland: Zilpha Minnie Childs Douglas (1859-1960) and her children Helen (1885-1987) and Willard (1887?-1960). The photographer was Edward Morehouse Douglas (1855-1932). It's interesting to note that the ladies here lived to be centenarians. View full size.
The Takoma Park, Maryland, home of Edward M. Douglas, wife Zilpha and their children Helen and Willard. 5x7 glass negative by Mr. Douglas, donated by to us his great-grandson Steve and scanned by Shorpy. Steve tells us the house was torn down in the 1960s to make way for a nursing home. View full size.
Helen Douglas and her brother Willard are the subjects in the first of eight glass plates donated to Shorpy by the great-grandson of Edward Douglas (1857-1936), a U.S. Geological Survey employee who snapped these photos of his kids around 1895 at their home in the Washington suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland. Let's all thank Steve King for his generous and fascinating gift! View full size.