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In 1958 some relative came to visit Bert and Iva in Wausau, Wisconsin. He brought along a hot little thing that Bert just couldn't resist taking a picture of. Kudos to the first who can identify the make and model of this car. He sure looks like he's having fun, though. No tie! Crazy kids. Kodachrome from the Bert's Slides Collection. View full size.
In the late-summer of 1957 my father ran across a trailer load of 1958 Edsels bound for their debut at a dealership somewhere in West Tennessee. I found these poorly-preserved slides in the bottom of a box of old newspapers and other junk. The ads said, "The thrill starts with the grille!" Yeah. View full size.
Bernard Burch (1889-1985), future mayor of Wadena, Minnesota, attended Saint Johns College in Collegeville, Minnesota. Bernie is second from the left. We assume these well-groomed young men are from that institution. View full size.
Cheboygan, Michigan, circa 1907. The man at far right we believe to be Julius B. Lund (1849-1912) founder of J. B. Lund & Sons machine shop, foundry, and shipyard. Our best guess is that the building is the old water works, and that the picture was taken because the Lunds did some work for the City of Cheboygan's water plant. The building that occupied the Lund machine shop, later operated by the Lund sons & grandsons is still standing, on Cleveland St. with frontage on the Cheboygan River. They also operated a marina for several years at this site. If anyone can offer any suggestions, clarifications or corrections, please do, and accept my undying gratitude! View full size.
A teenaged Christine E. Bader graduated Vermont Community High School on June 3, 1921 and created a photo album of her life during those school years. I purchased her album at an ephemera swap meet. This photo is "Mother," and on the back is written: "The other pictures weren't any good we took of you + Jane the day she was operated on." Whether the younger sister is Jane, or if Jane is not in the picture, I do not know. But I do know there are some great cars driving on the street where this photo was taken. View full size.
A teenaged Christine E. Bader graduated Vermont Community High School on June 3, 1921 and created a photo album of her life during those school years. I purchased her album at an ephemera swap meet. Based on the position of this photo, labeled "Homecoming" in the album, I am guessing it was taken in 1918 or 1919. Among the apparent attractions of the event was one of those newfangled flying machines. View full size.