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Vintage photos of:
My Uncle Harlan and his sister-in-law in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, 1930s. A well dressed pair. View full size.
A cute shot of my great uncle and pals on someone's car in front of Coalfield High in Coalfield, Tennessee. View full size.
A shot of the 1950's May Day Queen- my mom. She looks like a little Audrey Hepburn. View full size.
George Washington "Wash" Robertson and his brother Claude, Southern Oklahoma, c.1920. View full size.
This is a picture my grandparents, Arthur Loren Lear and Mercedes (Loveless) Lear, had done shortly after they were married in 1928 in Kokomo, IN. They went on to be married for more than 60 years when my grandpa passed away. My grandmother died just a few months later. They raised six children, all of whom went to college and went on to be very successful. I was in high school when they passed away and I miss them still.
Here're my brothers and me, late 1950s Bedford Quebec, wearing sweaters that my aunt knitted for us. They were amazingly warm (were they wool?) and she put a lot of work into them. I'm on the left, in the now-cringe worthy "Indian on the warpath"-themed motif. View full size.