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Cropped enlargement of an original print size 2 in. by 2 in. Inscription in fountain pen on back: "Get this enlarged. Our Lt, a Russian major, and myself. German PW camp in background." My uncle's unit was the 4th Armored Division, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A. No date. Possible location Germany or Czechoslovakia.
I bought this late 1930s or wartime 1940s snapshot in an antique store because I liked the composition of the photo with its curved curb and sidewalk, and all the prewar cars. View full size.
Amelia County, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Sunday dinner at the Miller house, with the farm of Marvin and Thelma Warriner in the background. Photo by Helen Warriner-Burke. View full size.
Tivoli Hotel, Biloxi, Mississippi, March 1956. Taken by my dad. Damage sustained from hurricane Katrina led to its being demolished in 2006. View full size.
In 1958 some relative came to visit Bert and Iva in Wausau, Wisconsin. He brought along a hot little thing that Bert just couldn't resist taking a picture of. Kudos to the first who can identify the make and model of this car. He sure looks like he's having fun, though. No tie! Crazy kids. Kodachrome from the Bert's Slides Collection. View full size.
In the late-summer of 1957 my father ran across a trailer load of 1958 Edsels bound for their debut at a dealership somewhere in West Tennessee. I found these poorly-preserved slides in the bottom of a box of old newspapers and other junk. The ads said, "The thrill starts with the grille!" Yeah. View full size.