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This 8x10 photo was part of the collection I purchased that included the 101 Broadway Pharmacy photos. The back reads: Please credit, US Army Photograph. The Department of the Army has no objection to the use of this photograph in commercial advertisements, provided copy and layout are submitted to the Review Section, Public Information Division, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. View full size.
I purchased this 8 x 10 print at the swap meet. On the back is printed:
Mr. and Mrs. Cliff McCorkle, proprietors of the 101 Broadway Pharmacy, Richmond, Calif., getting an order ready for delivery. 5 November 1957. Photographer: Pfc. Barbara A. Warner, Sixth US Army Photo Lab, Presidio of San Francisco, Calif. Official US Army photograph. View full size.
My younger brother, riding his new bike. Our street was a cul-de-sac in Walnut, California. This was probably around 1968. It was a good place for kids to explore the nearby hills. We learned to ride bikes, spend weekend mornings hiking the hills, and staying away from our parents. On our little street, things were mostly like they were in so-called "the good old days." View full size.
Stone Mountain, Georgia, May 25, 1926. Ford Motor Company publicity still; my grandmother (front passenger seat)) and aunt were in the pictures. Look how little progress had been made on the memorial at the time! View full size.
Here's a shot my dad took at Disneyland, summer 1955, from the Skyway. Note the undeveloped orchards in the background, and the 1940's-era car driving along the two-lane blacktop outside of the park. View has changed somewhat since then. View full size.
My father took this pic of my aunt and uncle fifty-two years ago at their cottage, located on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie just down the dirt lakeshore road from Port Dover, 5 miles to the west. We spent many summer weekends there, right across the road from a one-room school house that was still operating in 1959. View full size.
This is a family shot, taken circa 1900, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. At the time, the "clan" operated a successful cannery (Union Jack brand, "one grade only, and that the best") that processed all varieties of local fruits and vegetables, including peaches, pears, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes and waxed beans. My grandfather is second in from the left, middle row. He looks to be dreaming about something - I think I take after him. View full size.