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Another Galveston-related photo taken by my father in Nov. 1960. View full size.
September 1950, Wadena, Minnesota. Frank Burch, age 23 at the time, undoubtedly used a timed shutter release while he posed with the Kimball upright. Even at this young age, he had already served a hitch in the army and completed an undergraduate degree in history. Within days, he would be off to graduate school at Notre Dame, leaving home for good. His mother posed for another photo in this sequence. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection.
Wadena, Minnesota, September 1950. Laurie Ward Burch (1891-1981) happily provides a subject for her son's photography avocation. This house was built in 1920 by Henry Burch as a wedding gift to his son Bernie and his bride Laurie. Gotta love the hand-finished radio cabinet and interior trim. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection.
Galveston, Texas - another Kodachrome by my dad, taken in November, 1960. The weather looks ominous. View full size.
Another photo of Galveston, Texas taken by my dad in Nov. 1960. The Pleasure Pier is in the background, heavily damaged by Hurricane Carla the very next year, and not reopened until 2012. View full size.