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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BOOKS WANTED FOR OUR MEN: WWI

Dressed to Smoke Part Two

Dressed to Smoke Part Two

A sequel (or prequel) to the Dressed to Smoke photo. This was found in another box from the same photographer.

I found out this and others in the set were taken somewhere in Europe, possibly in Zurich since there is also a slide of the Hotel Storchen (still extant) in the same box.

The Duces: 1947

The Duces: 1947

George Staiduhar and his other 2.5 Deuces prepare to entertain the happy folks at this 1947 gathering. George was an employee of the Cleveland Wire Works of the GE Company in Euclid, Ohio. From a collection of negatives from the now-closed plant. A duce is a leader or dictator.

Sidecar Duo

Sidecar Duo

An old photograph from East Germany (exact date is unknown) of a MZ ES 250/2 motorcycle with Superelastik sidecar. Dad is presumably the one taking the picture of this mother and children.

Old-School Tree: 1962

Old-School Tree: 1962

        Meanwhile, seven years later ...

        This Kodachrome, originally posted here in 2011, can be seen in the December 2018 Canadian edition of Reader's Digest, illustrating the story "Andrea's Gift" in a two-page spread starting on Page 96. They spotted it here on Shorpy and I licensed it to them.

Old-school and old-old-school decorations on our traditional old-school tree. We always called these Scotch firs, but it looks more like the Noble firs I've seen online. We liked them because they had plenty of open space to let the ornaments show unhindered. The oldest one is the frosted pine cone face toward the bottom; it still has some wax blobs from early 20th Century tree candles on it. The hot-air balloon was always one of my favorites. The blue one at the center top is from our "new" c.1960 set. The plastic church was glitter-enhanced by me personally. A couple years later, all the 1940s-era light strings sacrificed their lives to illuminate my castle diorama in the basement. You can see me reflected in the ornament at lower left, along with the bright spot on the ceiling from the bounce flash I used to light this Kodachrome. View full size.

The Brick Buick: 1949

The Brick Buick: 1949

My sister and brother in a 1949 photo, on Second Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Not many years later, at 16, I demolished this Buick (and please take notes if you'd like to demolish a Buick) skidding on wet streetcar tracks -- too much speed might have been involved -- and nailing a brick porch next door to Sacred Heart Convent on Sixth Avenue. A woman appeared (the Madonna?), shouting "You've wrecked!" and because a few more bricks were thudding onto the hood, I said, "I believe I'm still wrecking." View full size.

Truck vs. Texaco: 1940s

Truck vs. Texaco: 1940s

Scan from a stereo slide probably in the late 1940s near Titusville, Pennsylvania, taken by Ralph E. Archer (my grandfather), who owned and operated a camera store there from 1929 to 1961. Uncertain as to the year but maybe someone will recognize the truck model or what's left of it. It's from Anthony F. Glass Trucking of New Philadelphia, Ohio. My main interest in this photo was how both that Texaco sign and gas pump ended up inside the front fender. View full size.

Lionel Lines: 1946

Lionel Lines: 1946

From circa 1946 comes this 35mm Kodachrome of Jim and Jack Hardman and their Christmas train set in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. View full size.

The Lee Family: 1962

The Lee Family: 1962

A family photo, circa 1962. I'm the one in the white jacket with my tongue sticking out.

 
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