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Mary Jorjorian (1900 - 1979), sailing aboard the S.S. Mohawk from Jacksonville, Florida, back home to New York City, April 4, 1921. The photo was taken on Mary's medium-format Brownie camera by an unknown shipmate. Mary, age 20, had been living in Jacksonville for five months to assist her older sister deliver and care for her second child. Here she is returning alone. As buoyant as she appears, Mary is at this moment quite lovesick. She fell in love in Jacksonville with a family friend, Daniel Eliseian, who then departed for Buenos Aires.
Mary was an Armenian, born in Sivas, Turkey, but arrived in America with her family as a baby in 1901. Her family was poor but cultured. Mary attended Wadleigh High School, New York's first public secondary school for girls. She was a self-described "progressive modern woman." She wanted to attend Hunter College, to become a teacher or social worker, but family finances kept her sidelined. She remained an avid reader and independent learner, though, throughout her life. While in Jacksonville, she was reading Margaret Sanger's "Women and the New Race." She was also a big fan of movie pictures, catching multiple photoplays each week, especially those which featured strong or dynamic women.
Reno, Nevada in the summer of 1972. Two blocks down Virginia St. from the corner of First we see the second version of the "Reno Arch," this one installed in 1963 and replaced with the current one in 1987. This is another Kodachrome slide from a small trove we recently found at my friend's house. This time you'll look in vain for me in funny clothes, because I wasn't along on this trip. View full size.
Rainbow Ridge is a community of scale model and forced-perspective buildings in Frontierland in Disneyland. It traces back to the earliest days of the park, decorating the loading area for various incarnations of a miniature train ride. Some of it remains in the current version at the start of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction. I was always gaga over models, so it was one of my favorite places in Disneyland. Little did I know there was a photo of me there; in fact, my friend who took this Kodachrome slide didn't know about it either, until we came upon a box of forgotten slides at his place. I think it's around closing time, thus the absence of crowds. View full size.
This Australian 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 is a close relative to the "Yank Tank" that appeared here several years ago. The Victoria licence plate GZT-500 matches the model number nicely. My father worked for Ford Australia from 1958 to 1963, and this is likely a company car used for an advertising photo shoot. The food on the blanket does not look very appetising. View full size.
Denver, Colorado, 1744 Jasmine Street. My wife's dad, Donald Kirk. During nighttime air raid drills, wardens would walk the neighborhood looking for light leaking from the homes. View full size.
A visit to Trees of Mystery, Klamath, California July, 1964. Babe, Paul Bunyan's better half. Kodachrome slide taken by my dad. That's me in the shocking red sweater, with my mom and little bro. View full size.
The White Pass and Yukon Route connects the Alaska port of Skagway with Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The railway was a vestige of the Klondike Gold Rush. This ancient coach, complete with wood stove, was still in revenue service in 1961. Scenery compensated for the lack of amenities. View full size.