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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Three Gals and a Shadow: 1917?

Three Gals and a Shadow:  1917?

Like everything else in the Bernard Burch photo collection, this image is devoid of annotation. All we can tell you is that the setting is somewhere in northern Minnesota. The women's fashions may be a clue to the date; I can't help you there. The girls on either side may be sisters. View full size.

Parked in a Plymouth

Parked in a Plymouth

My maternal grandmother, Essie Shipe [b.1900], and my uncle Billy Shipe, riding in a Plymouth convertible, Kansas City, Kansas 1953.

Grandpa's Pipe

Grandpa's Pipe

This is my dad, Fred, who was born in 1916, standing on his grandfather's chair with his pipe in his mouth. He lived in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York at the time.

The Preppies of 1905

The Preppies of 1905

The State of Minnesota conducted its last census in 1905. In that year, it double counted our boy Bernard Burch. He is enumerated as part of his parents' household in Wadena as well as among the students at St. John's College in Collegeville. This moldy print depicts a 16 year-old Bernie (second from left) in Collegeville with a few musically-inclined classmates, some of whom we saw earlier. The portrait of an ever-watchful prefect is suspended above. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.

His first car: 1909

His first car: 1909

Denver Colorado 1909. Donald G. Kirk, my wife's dad, is hand cranking the car on a cold day. The make and model are unknown. The probable location is somewhere on Eudora street.

Dental Technicians: 1951

Dental Technicians: 1951

We do not know the identities of the first three men (from the left). On the far right is John Roland Fitzgerald (1925-1998), a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Regiment. With the 24th, Mr. Fitzgerald spent the first part of 1945 on Saipan, neutralizing pockets of Japanese resistance. Mr. Fitzgerald, and perhaps some of the young men pictured here, exercised G.I. Bill benefits to obtain their credentials. The Kerpel School of Dental Technology operated at 820 7th Street, N.W. in Washington, DC. View full size.

North! To Alaska: 1961

North! To Alaska: 1961

Should you ever need to travel from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway is at your service. Dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush, the right-of-way provides scenery like this. The sternwheeler has seen better days, as here it is dry-docked and probably inhabited by squatters. Like other Ektachrome slides from the same roll, this one is fading rapidly. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

 
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