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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.
Bernard Burch (1889-1985), future mayor of Wadena, Minnesota, attended Saint Johns College in Collegeville, Minnesota. Bernie is second from the left. We assume these well-groomed young men are from that institution. View full size.
Cheboygan, Michigan, circa 1907. The man at far right we believe to be Julius B. Lund (1849-1912) founder of J. B. Lund & Sons machine shop, foundry, and shipyard. Our best guess is that the building is the old water works, and that the picture was taken because the Lunds did some work for the City of Cheboygan's water plant. The building that occupied the Lund machine shop, later operated by the Lund sons & grandsons is still standing, on Cleveland St. with frontage on the Cheboygan River. They also operated a marina for several years at this site. If anyone can offer any suggestions, clarifications or corrections, please do, and accept my undying gratitude! View full size.