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Vintage photos of:
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.
Somewhere between Hyattsville proper, and Riverdale Park just off U.S. # One. A happy looking bunch. Taken by my Uncle, Nolan Miller of Beltsville, Maryland. View full size.
A trip to Disneyland in March 1957, taken by my dad with his relatively new Contax. Scanned from original Kodachrome slide. View full size.