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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Train Photo 3

Train Photo 3

I purchased many train and related photos at an estate sale. I have little info except dates on the backs from the early 1900s to 1950. Some are from Germany, some from the Philippines but most are from the USA and much of that from California. Rather than upload a ton of pictures one at a time, there are 426 pictures that can be seen at https://railroadhistory.shutterfly.com/ If anyone knows who the people in the pictures are, I would love to know. I have looked up the names on the back of the pictures but found no one. View full size.

Train Photo 4

Train Photo 4

WW2 Railroad Tarlac, Luzon. According to note on the back: Built by Vulcan Iron Works #4589 December 1944.

I purchased many train and related photos at an estate sale. I have little info except dates on the backs from the early 1900s to 1950. Some are from Germany, some from the Philippines but most are from the USA and much of that from California. Rather than upload a ton of pictures one at a time, there are 426 pictures that can be seen at https://railroadhistory.shutterfly.com/ If anyone knows who the people in the pictures are, I would love to know. I have looked up the names on the back of the pictures but found no one. View full size.

Goodyear Blimp: 1956

Goodyear Blimp: 1956

This 35mm Kodachrome slide was taken by my grandfather in the Miami/Miami Beach area around 1956. View full size.

Cannery Row Fire: 1967

Cannery Row Fire: 1967

Kodachrome slide taken by my dad while we were in Pacific Grove for the Christmas holiday, December, 1967. From the Monterey Herald:

"On Sunday, Dec. 24, 1967, the old Carmel Canning Company on Cannery Row caught fire and burned for more than four hours. The blaze, which had more than 65 firemen respond from Monterey, Seaside and Pacific Grove, caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. Fire and smoke billowed from the structure, causing embers to fall on homes in New Monterey and start smaller fires. Fire Chief Clifford Hebrard said it was his opinion “that the fire was set.” An arson investigation was to take place the next day." View full size.

C&O 310

C&O 310

C&O 310, class L2a 4-6-4 Hudson type on ready track at Cincinnati Union Terminal service area, September 1950. Built by Baldwin in 1948, the L2a's were the world's largest Hudson types, dwarfing those of the New York Central and weighing in slightly heavier than those of AT&SF. They featured Franklin type B rotary cam poppet valves and 78" drivers. All were assigned to mainline passenger work on C&O's flatter western main lines, working between Cincinnati/Detroit and Hinton, WV. E-8 diesels bumped the Hudsons from passenger service in 1952 and all were out of service the following year. All were scrapped by 1955. View full size.

Native American Women: c.1910

Native American Women: c.1910

Revised: 7/25/16
I sent a copy of this to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to find out if they could identify what tribe they may be from. The reply I received reads:
“There are not enough distinctive articles to make a positive tribal identification. However, the purses provide some distinction as coming from the plateau area of the country.”
In my original caption I assumed the plateau was the Colorado Plateau since the negative came from Denver but thanks to Manidoogiizhig and his or her's insightful reply “Perhaps” the plateau area referred to must be the Oregon Plateau.
Please read the full informative comment below.
Scanned from the original 4x3 inch glass negative.

Big Hall

Big Hall

Not sure what this building is or where. Photo likely taken in the teens or early 20's going by the cars in the picture. Print from my negatives collection. View full size.

 
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