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This is one of 15 photo prints left behind by a guest of the Best Western White Bear Country Inn in Minnesota. Who knows when? Rescued from the hotel's lost and found in 2009. Photo sleeve says "Tom Brudos." A letter in same packet (which doesn't mention the photos) is postmarked 1955 and is addressed to Dick Brudos. The scenes appear to be from Alaska - but where? Here are more photos from the same excursion. I'll post one more which has a rather unique geological feature. View full size.
Update: Another photo in the series has been identified by JFlash, a helpful Shorpy member, as Thule Greenland. With that new information, my guess that this series of photos was taken in Alaska is likely incorrect. More research! Thanks for the help J.
This is one of 15 photo prints left in a hotel room in Minnesota, date unknown. The photos were rescued years or decades later from the lost and found. The photographer may be Tom Brudos, whose name appears on the photo sleeve. A letter in the same bundle, addressed to Dick Brudos, is dated 1955. I google image searched "flat top mountain Alaska" in an effort to locate this unique chop-top geographic lump - and found a mountain with just that name, but the photos were taken from the terrestrial side and the landscape didn't look smooth and almost "mowed" like this does. So, where is this? Here are more photos from the same excursion. View full size.
Update: JFlash, a Shorpy reader, has identified the geographic location (I incorrectly guessed Alaska) of the flat-top mountain in this photo as Thule, Greenland (and the mountain as "Mt. Dundas"). He suggests that all of the photos may be from Greenland. And I think he may well be right. I'm on a new path now! Thanks for the great info, J.
A family pic in the front yard with our cousins and grandparents in the black Imperial. Early 60's. View full size.
1962 Little League in Upland, California. My dad is the manager on the right and I am next to the catcher. 7 Up was our team. View full size.
Foothill Little League All-Star team about 1963. I am the lefty in the front row. second from left. Upland, California. View full size.
Probably taken on Pinnacle Peak (Tatoosh Range) at Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington in the 1930's. Always my dad's favorite place. Posting in honor of his birthday. View full size.
My grandmother and great grandmother (on my mom's side) taken at Christmas time in 1940. View full size.