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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BOOKS WANTED FOR OUR MEN: WWI

Windows: c 1950

Windows: c 1950

This is by far the most unusual photo (from a stereo slide) that my grandfather ever took.
To this day it still does not look real to me but more like an artists architectural rendering of what the building will look like when completed.

I have no idea where it was taken but a good guess would be Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as that is the nearest city to where he lived (Titusville) and ran a camera shop for 32 years. I would guess the year is the late 1940's or early 50's judging from what I can see of some cars that appear to be taxis lined up in front of the building on the right side. I tried to estimate just how many sides and windows there would be in this building complex but gave up after still not being convinced it was real.

Buffalo Christmas: 1917

Buffalo Christmas: 1917

Christmas in Buffalo, NY. 1917. The year is a guesstimate based on the birth dates of Hermann (1912, on the left) and Johanna (1911). They are enjoying their new toys under the tree lit with actual candles.

In additional to the traditional train by the tree I find most fascinating the horse-drawn milk delivery wagon. This image doesn't show it well but the horse is mounted on a wheeled platform for smoother playtime.

This image was digitized from a 4x5 glass negative.

We Sell Everything: c. 1940s

We Sell Everything: c. 1940s

Wirthmore Feeds, Post Office and General Store,Londonderry, New Hampshire, mid-1940s.

Found in an archives collection of Peoria, Illinois area World War I and II military pictures, obtained by Jr Owens, of JRs Mini Mall Vintage Store in Pekin, Illinois.

Ice Skating: 1944

Ice Skating: 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. The servicemen and servicewomen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ, "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Erica Schweizerhof Hotel: 1944

Erica Schweizerhof Hotel: 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at Lake Lugano, Italy. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. And on the same trip, on same Lake, a ski outing, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Servicemen Ski Outing: 1944

Servicemen Ski Outing: 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time in the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Park Hotel Alpenhof: 1944

Park Hotel Alpenhof: 1944

R&R in Italy and Switzerland, ADSEC Servicemen, April 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. And on the same trip, on same Lake, a ski outing, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof, in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

Lake Lugano: 1944

Lake Lugano: 1944

R&R in Italy, ADSEC Servicemen, April 1944. Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, R&R time at Lake Lugano, Italy. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film).

 
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