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Glass plate negative from the family album of Arline Webb, wife of Peoria, Illinois Police Officer Alvin "Jerry" Webb. Daughter of Garnet (Schbotka) Kneer and Fire Chief Rudolph “Rudy” Kneer. Uncle to Alderman Wendolyn “Wink” Kneer. (Photos taken in Tazewell and Peoria County). View full size.
While I didn't take this photo of the California State Capitol - my brother did on 35mm Anscochrome - I am the reason it exists. At 11 years of age I was an avid rockhound and longed to find things like quartz crystals or what was for me the holy grail: a geode. What I lacked was field experience, so I wheedled my father into driving up from Marin County to the American River in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. My brother came along for the ride. History does not record, nor did my brother, anything that might have happened past Sacramento. If I'd found crystals or a geode, I'd have remembered. But today I have one consolation: my brother fortuitously captured a Nash in its natural habitat, the roadways of the 1950s. View full size.
Maine, circa 1952, my grandmother and my mother. View full size.
My grandfather's brother, Freidrich Schroeder (front, holding the loaf of bread) and comrades, 1907. Freidrich was missing in action during WW I and his body never found. Grandpop said he was an artist of considerable talent. View full size.
A little girl’s bratty moment is immortalized forever on a family snapshot, probably taken during 1940. This was part of a series of twin pictures. Each frame had an entirely different upper and lower image. Most were badly blurred (which is why I cropped out the other picture from this frame). I found this at a second hand store in Lancaster, California.
Everyone in this picture is looking to make some money today. Taken by my grandfather in the mid-1950s at Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. View full size.
Taken in the wee hours near the Old Woolstores down in Tenneriffe, Brisbane, Australia back in 1986. View full size.