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Vintage photos of:
Autumn of 1941 at Uncle Carp's, North Chevy Chase, Maryland. People are Bobby Carpenter (me), cousin Harriet Carpenter, Margaret (Johnson) Carpenter, Aunt Esther Johnson, Grandmother Johnson, Aunt Florence Carpenter, cousin Frank Carpenter. Charles (Uncle Carp) Carpenter kneeling at fire. View full size.
July or August 1964. Two-for-one: my mother-in law was actually expecting my wife when this photo was taken at the 1941-vintage Washington National Airport Terminal. Behold a fleet of early 1960s Detroit iron, excepting one obligatory Volkswagon. Scanned Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
A corner on Main Street in Norwalk Ohio in 1876. The apothecary of Benedict and Burton can be seen, as well as an arriving stagecoach with several Abraham Lincoln look-alikes. From my grandfather's personal collection. View full size.
My dad took this in the late 1930's either in Detroit or Dearborn, Michigan. I think the guy is my dad's cousin. No idea what kind of car. View full size.
Palmer Park, Detroit, circa 1910. The people in the pic are either distant relatives or family friends. The "Big Tree" in Palmer Park was quite the attraction during this time period (early 1900's). From a family collection of 4X5 glass plate negatives. View full size.
Not sure what road we're looking at. Could be Woodward, which is the main road running NE from the Detroit River. Or it could be Jefferson, Michigan Ave, Grand River, Gratiot (the road system in Detroit is laid out like the spokes of a wheel). Probably about 1910. From a family collection of 4X5 glass plate negatives. View full size.
Taken about 1910 someplace in SE Michigan. From a family collection of old 4X5 glass plate negatives. No idea who the person is. Note the frogs on his knees and the tips of his shoes. View full size.