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Vintage photos of:
My sister and me watching TV; College Station, Texas, September, 1961. Sure wish I knew what it was we were watching. The ghostly image is tantalizing but probably not clear enough for a guess. View full size.
Mom and her first grandson James on the front stoop in Chatham, New Jersey in 1972. View full size.
Unfortunately I have no information about this. It's hard to tell from this size but he has Ohio embroidered on his jacket collar. Scanned from the original 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.
"Detroit Oak Belting Company, 266 Wight St., Detroit, Michigan. 1 1/4 Ton Packard 38 x 7 Pneumatic Truck Tires (rear), Mileage 50 to 60 per day. Truck in operation about 1 yr 6 months. No repairs to truck. Sometimes loaded to 2 ton. Cord Tire on rear in service over a year with original air still in tire." View full size.
1979, Central Park, New York City
Alicia, one of my neighbors from when I lived on E. 83rd Street in Manhattan, appears to give me the stink-eye. She had her head turned to her right, in profile to the camera, and that's what I intended to photograph, but at the moment my shutter clicked, she turned back towards me and squinted in the afternoon sun.
It was a pleasant Spring weekend afternoon, and Alicia and I decided to walk the few blocks west to Central Park for some photography. Here we stopped at "Cleopatra's Needle," the 3450-year-old Egyptian obelisk near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In those pre-Giuliani/Bloomberg days, graffitist felt free to deface anything, even an ancient relic like this one, and once attacked, it would remain that way - or worse - from then on. Most of the landmarks in the Park suffered a similar fate and were in various states of decrepitude.
Thanks to the non-profit Central Park Conservancy and better law enforcement, the Park looks amazing, and we haven't seen this kind of vandalism in more than two decades. View full size.
Zeta Chi Sigma Fraternity, 1955, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. View full size.