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We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Taken in Detroit. No idea what kind of car. License plate reads either 1910 or 1916 (I think it's 1910). View full size.
We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Pics were taken in and around the Detroit, Michigan. I think this may be a 1908 Model T Ford. View full size.
We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. Here's a scan of one dating back to around 1910 - 1915. We have no idea who these two gents are. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Pics were taken in and around the Detroit, Michigan. View full size.
Once upon a time, the little logging town of Portage sided the coast of Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage, Alaska. Then on Good Friday, 1964, an earthquake measuring 9.2 on the moment magnitude scale caused the elevation of Portage to subside by more or less eight feet, to a height below sea level. The environs were flooded with salt water and the town was summarily abandoned. This photo shows what was probably the town's rail station before the calamity, which forced Alaska Rail to realign its right-of-way. Perhaps knowledgeable readers will verify? Scanned (and desaturated) Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
This is a wonderful old picture of High Street in Hamilton, Ohio as it appeared back in 1919. The young lady walking with the little girl in this photo is my great-grandmother Annabelle Hacker and the little girl is my grandmother Blanche Humphries. Some of of businesses seen here are the Colonial Billiard Parlor, Mathis-Songhen Company, Goodman-Strauss Company, Republic National Bank and the Walk-Over Shoe Store. Just a fantastic look back in time.
At the Palm Springs parade in February 1955. I found this 35mm Kodachrome slide in a collection at a swap meet. View full size.
Another in a series of Kodachromes taken by my dad in the late 1950s as he traversed the country with wife and daughter in tow. View full size.