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Vintage photos of:
Catalina Harbor, California, September 1957. Taken by my dad with his trusty Contax. Kodachrome slide. View full size.
Wadena, Minnesota, c.1920. It is poorly focused and underexposed. And with no inscription, its back story is lost to the ages. This image is worth sharing, however, because it unwittingly evokes Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's illustrations from the late 1800s. From the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
My Mom (with red hair); Elementary School 5th Grade, 1944 Wettingen, Switzerland. View full size.
This photo among others was just marked The Clark Family. I believe they lived in Michigan probably the Port Huron area. I remember my mother getting letters and cards from a Clark family. I know nothing else about them, maybe someone will recognize them. View full size.
A pretty bride but an unmarked photo. Not even sure where it was taken. Since my ancestors were in Ontario Canada, Michigan and Binghamton, New York, it is anybody's guess. From the dress and hairstyle my guess it's the early 1900's. View full size.