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Bethesda, Maryland: 1947. My grandfather was a skilled brick and stone mason. He insisted upon taking his son out of high school in favor of attending a trade school. His reasoning was that my father would always have a means by which he could make a decent living. Pictured is one of his weary young classmates. View full size.
No one remembers what we were looking at, but Dad came away with a great photo. I’m the guy on the right and just turned two in the summer of 1949. Our neighbor from down the street is on the left. We were living in Rochester, New York at the time of this photo. View full size.
Family photo with new sign. Winter 1955 in Vallejo, California. The sign was created by my grandfather. View full size.
My mother, Lorraine "Rainey" LaFrance (nee Davis), center, at 17 worked at Irwin Produce Market on Main Street in Irwin, Pennsylvania. She worked along with her father Russell, second from left, holding cigarette, and the owners, Sam Auchtenbaum, far left, and his wife Jenny on the far right. View full size.
Photo taken Peekskill, NY (Family photo Katrina Murray collection)
DeChristopher's Pharmacy never really changed in all the years. The candy display that was always on the side, lighters and cigars on the case on the left. Pharmacy section at the back. This was the only pharmacy where you could buy chemicals to do science class (and out of class) experiments in the sixties and seventies. Notions and whatnots, Zippo lighter flints, Ronson lighter fluid, Dr Grabos pipes, rubber goods, wrist watches, Westclocks Baby Ben alarm clocks, Evening in Paris Perfume. Lifesavers candy counter, Smith Brothers cough drops. View full size.
Unknown date and location of this slide I had found years ago and finally got scanned. I am thinking these folks are part of an audience for a parade, or some other outing. Judging by the cars in the back, mid-60's. View full size.
Autumn of 1941 at Uncle Carp's, North Chevy Chase, Maryland. People are Bobby Carpenter (me), cousin Harriet Carpenter, Margaret (Johnson) Carpenter, Aunt Esther Johnson, Grandmother Johnson, Aunt Florence Carpenter, cousin Frank Carpenter. Charles (Uncle Carp) Carpenter kneeling at fire. View full size.