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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CAMPBELL SOUP KID, c. 1910

Highway 49 Bridge Goes Under: 1964

Highway 49 Bridge Goes Under: 1964

The California Highway 49 steel bridge river crossing could only withstand so much and finally succumbed to the water surge from the failure of Hell Hole Reservoir in December 1964. Norm Sayler Collection, Donner Summit Historical Society. View full size.

Mi Padre en México

Mi Padre en México

My father, Gene Kern, striking a pose in 1938 in front of a campaign poster for el Partido de la Revolución Mexicana, a predecessor to the current Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). He was 24 and an aspiring actor, and perhaps intended to use this photo for publicity purposes. Or maybe he just couldn't resist the opportunity. The photograph was probably made by a buddy, Pat Miller, who accompanied him on the trip to México and always shot with a Rolleiflex, hence the square format. View full size.

Issar in America: 1905

Issar in America: 1905

At the behest of his older brother Benny, my mother’s future father, Issar, left his home in what is now Poland, for America. There he had his picture taken at Hurwitz’s Photographic Art Studio, 273 E Houston Street, New York City. At the time he spoke no English and had little formal education, but he had been apprenticed in the garment trade. Together the brothers formed Weinstein Brothers Cloak and Suits in NYC.

Exactly when his name was changed from his birth name of Issar Derrish to his “American” name of Isadore Weinstein I do not know. I never met him to ask, though if I had, I would have asked which dumb cluck brother thought that very Eastern European ethnic name was American. My mother describes her Uncle Benny as an outgoing life of the party kind of fellow and says he was “the outside man” of the company. Her more reserved father was the “inside man” making the patterns and supervising whatever employees the company had. I translate that as being the salesman and the craftsman.

When Benny died suddenly during the 1930's, the company folded, leaving Issar to freelance from company to company, making each one a pattern so that they would have new product for the coming season and stay in business during those hard times. Reportedly Issar loved children, opera, and cigars.

Issar's Scissors: 1961

Issar's Scissors: 1961

As the sixties replaced the fifties, my mother gave away most of the original mid-century modern furniture and turned to colonial revival to decorate our Levittown house. Here my father Howard plays with my less-than-year-old brother Iden on our new red couch, next to a very sixties record cabinet, faux ship’s lantern light fixture, and in front of a left-over glass and blonde wood mid-century modern coffee table. Above them is a commercial art print of a duck between a set of Issar’s scissors. My mother treasured those scissors. They were her father, Issar’s, primary professional tool. They are mounted on two green velvet-covered wooden cutting boards, using a brass drawer handle (and gravity) to hold them in place. The way my mother mounted them allowed them to still be used as scissors, though their huge size and weight made them impractical.

Benny's Wedding: 1890's

Benny's Wedding: 1890's

My mother’s Uncle Benny and his wife pose for an official wedding portrait at an unknown date during the late 1800s or early 1900s at Hurwitz’s Photographic Art Studio, 273 E Houston St., New York City. At some point Benny sent for his younger brother Issar to join him in America. Together they formed the Weinstein Brothers Cloak and Suits. Unknown how they became the Weinstein Brothers because they were born with the last name of Derrish. View full size.

Jersey Tracks

Jersey Tracks

Picked up years ago at a paper collectible show. Back says "Wm. B. Barry Jr. D.L. & W.R.R. Co. Engineering Dept. Hoboken, NJ." View full size.

Lake View Park Concession Stand: 1916

Lake View Park Concession Stand: 1916

Concession stand runners and helpers, circa 1916, servicing the Lake View Park baseball field. Lake View Park (1883-1921).

Lake View Park was near the River, at the foot of Grant Street, Averyville-Peoria, Illinois. Lake View Park was the home of the Peoria Distillers, a Triple-I League team (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League). The Peoria Distillers entered the league in 1905, winning three league championships; in 1911, 1916 and 1917. Baseball was suspended in 1918 on account of World War I, when the Distillers returned in 1919, they changed their name to the Peoria Tractors. (Permission granted and courtesy of Peoria Historical Society Collections) View full size.

 
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