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Erie Lackawanna's train 7, the Pacific Express, departs Corry, Pennsylvania westbound. It will arrive in Chicago in about 13 more hours, having stopped at every station on the route. An express it was not. Within a year the train will be discontinued, but Hoboken to Chicago service will continue with two other trains in each direction - Phoebe Snow and Lake Cities. Note the PRR Alco working in the distance. View full size.
Wadena, Minnesota. For a brief moment during his youth, Frank Burch (1927-2009) was totally cool. That moment is captured here. The Indians? Not so much, as they boasted a 7-14 season that year, falling to Brainerd High in the first round of playoffs. Sitting from L-R: Cleon Erckenbrack, Frank Jung, Pat Frost, Bruce Wilcox, Don Imgrund, Dale Besett, and Warren Blood. Standing, L-R: Frank Burch, Mr. Kermit Anderson, Ed Bretz, Kenneth Imgrund, Bill Blair, Tom Nyberg, Lovell Piepkorn, Willis Goedel, Wayne Moroney, Mr. Robert Mower, and Verle Blaha. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
With the American Expeditionary Forces, France. Musician Third Class Bernard Burch stands to the far right, this time with snare drum in plain view. Having victoriously fixed the Kaiser's wagon, the headquarters company band of the 53rd Infantry Regiment, Sixth Infantry Division pose again for posterity. They spent the better part of 1919 waiting their turn to sail home. They passed the time playing concerts at hospitals and other encampments. Image from the Bernard Burch photo and document collection. View full size.
Miss Victory Loews State. Newark, NJ by Leslie Zirkelbach (from his estate many years ago), 1942. View full size.
"Mayor LaGuardia addresses guests at Signal Corps Photographic Center dedication." (Queens, NY) View full size.
This is Gracy Ann Hall, born in Barbary Hill, Jamaica, British West Indies on November 21, 1889. At the time of this portrait, she was about to embark on the S.S. Catherine Cuneo, sailing from Jamaica. The ship had only two other passengers on the manifest when it docked at New York City on November 11, 1912. The steamer was in all likelihood a "banana boat" that operated primarily to carry cargo with passenger service as an afterthought, whenever berths were available. Gracy was on her way to an address in Toronto. Sadly, she died of tuberculosis within a few years of this portrait. View full size.