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

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).

Christmas Recovery: 1955

Christmas Recovery: 1955

The gift-unwrapping frenzy past, and despite his being nearly crowded out of the frame, my father seems to be finding serenity by returning to normal daily routine, i.e. reading in his leather chair. Usually it would be the daily papers, but note the reserve stock of various publications overflowing the magazine rack. The tree and its environs can be seen pre-frenzy here in a post I made ten years ago. This shot was taken by my sister on 2-1/4-square transparency film. (Guess which of the discernible presents is obviously mine?) View full size.

Pacolet Mills

Pacolet Mills

Inside Pacolet Mills in Spartanburg County, SC.

Pacolet Mills

Pacolet Mills

Inside Pacolet Mills in Spartanburg County, SC.

Pacolet Mills

Pacolet Mills

Inside Pacolet Mills in Spartanburg County, SC.

Sparkles and Bows: 1947

Sparkles and Bows: 1947

A pretty dress, sparkling and decorated with plenty of bows, perhaps for Easter. This is the daughter of GE's Cleveland Wire Plant photographer William Eppinger taken in their back yard in Euclid, Ohio. Circa 1947.

Cathedral of Learning: 1948

Cathedral of Learning: 1948

The University of Pittsburgh main campus in Pittsburgh, circa 1948. This is from a scan of a stereo slide taken by my grandfather Ralph E. Archer. With no information on the slide it took some searching to determine what this structure was and where it was located. It was the most "alien" or out-of-place looking structure I had ever seen both with its unusual design and much greater height (42 stories, 535 feet tall) than everything surrounding it.

Known as the Cathedral of Learning this Late Gothic revival is the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere and the second tallest gothic style building in the world. Commissioned in 1921 and dedicated in 1937 it is a steel frame structure overlain with Indiana limestone and contains more than 2,000 rooms and windows.

During WWII the cathedral was assigned to house, feed and instruct about 1,000 Army Air Corps as well as dozens of Army engineers. As my father, Ralph H. Archer served in the Army Air Corps during WWII this may be the reason for this particular photo in his father's collection and so may date somewhat earlier than 1948.

Oakland: 1960s

Oakland: 1960s

I bought a vintage camera on eBay (Minolta 16II) and it had exposed film in it. I had it developed and these are some of the photos. They appear to be from a high school field trip or travel. One photo shows what appears to be the Oakland airport, so I'm going with that location, for now.

 
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