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My mother with two British soldiers, in the USA during WWII. Scanned from the nitrate negative. View full size.
The Pittsburgh Sternwheel Tow Boat "Ironsides" was built in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania in 1869 and was in service until she sank at Point Pleasant, West Virginia on August 6, 1927. Since there's no "h" in the spelling of PIttsburgh on the stern that dates the picture to between 1890 and 1911. More information can be found here. Scanned from the original 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.
An Alaska Rail passenger train has just pulled into Nenana, located in central Alaska on the banks of the Tenana River. The town was buzzing in 1961 as the defense department was constructing Clear Air Force Station some 20 miles south as a DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line post. The train station remains today, and the roads have been paved since then. The Caterpillar D8 bulldozer on the right is probably war surplus from 1942 Alcan Highway construction. Perhaps in later years it served the station as a snow plow. Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch image collection. View full size.
7th Grade Class at Our Lady of Lourdes School, 1961. I am in the back row at the right. View full size.
I had 35 girls as classmates; from the 5th to 8th grades the girls and boys were separated into same-sex classes, as it was believed at the time to be less of a distraction for students, so their focus would solely on getting an education. Still had a diverse group of students in March, 1961. I believe we would all pass our tests and be promoted to the 8th grade together.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 1989, at the annual Antique Automobile Club of America Fall Meet, a mecca for car guys that attracts 250,000 people for four days, with about 10,000 flea market vendors and judging on Saturday of over 2,000 pristine classic cars. Every classic car fan has to go at least once in their lifetime.
Here's a shot I took in one of the "fields," a dad polishing his pride with his son looking on. View full size.