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[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Les Cars: 1976

Les Cars: 1976

October, 1976: I was with friends on a trip to England and France when we popped into the 63rd Paris Motor Show, or as it was known then Le Salon de l'Automobile, where I took this Kodachrome slide. Très chic. View full size.

Virginia City With Cars: 1965

Virginia City With Cars: 1965

I thought about titling this "A Study in Kodachrome Blue and Red" but didn't. I took it on a trip to the historic Nevada silver mining town in August 1965. The building now houses the Comstock Fire Museum, and the steeples are St. Paul's Episcopal and St. Mary in the Mountains. I was going to identify the cars by make and year, but why should I spoil all the fun? View full size.

Vacationland USA: 1966

Vacationland USA: 1966

Actually, Lower Echo Lake, a body of water about seven miles south of Lake Tahoe as the crow flies. We didn't actually make use of the lake on our 1966 vacation, just popped in for a look (and for me to take this Kodachrome slide) as we headed home down US 50 after a visit to Virginia City. View full size.

Hollywood and Vine: 1963

Hollywood and Vine: 1963

The historic Capitol Records Tower and Equitable Building dominate my slide from August 1963. But we're more interested in the Checker cab, the weird streetlight, the fallout shelter sign, the men in suits, the women in hats carrying purses and the Via Vigna Inn, aren't we? Less interesting: bizarre color issues courtesy Montgomery Ward-branded film. View full size.

Aquatic Park: 1966

Aquatic Park: 1966

For a change, here are some cars in San Francisco that aren't 90 to 100 years old. My favorite part, though, is the family photo op in progress over on the left, which I just now noticed. I was in Ghirardelli Square when I took this Kodachrome slide in summer 1966. View full size.

Tower of Cat: 1973

Tower of Cat: 1973

Did you know that cats like to be inside things? Oh, OK. But nobody at our place expected this. Seen here, the top of the windmill has been stored away for either safe-keeping or the approaching winter; a wind-driven wheel animated a farmer chopping wood. I forget how, why or possibly from whom we got it, but almost immediately upon installation Kitty crawled into it and forever after it led her top ten list of favorite places in our Larkspur, California yard. I shot this in fall 1973 on glorious Kodachrome. Sharp-eyed folk will note it's partly double-exposed. View full size.

Archer Camera: 1946

Archer Camera: 1946

My grandparents Ralph E. and Mildred M. Archer, center and right, in the camera shop they owned and operated from 1929 to 1961 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Originally at 104 Exchange Place and then later just around the corner at 113 West Central Avenue. Scan from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Cluny: 1971

Cluny: 1971

San Francisco, March 1971. Photo by my dad, on Kodachrome slide film.

 
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