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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Can It: 1940

Can It: 1940

1940. Davidson's Bakery goods for sale in the cake display at Henry's (Harvey's?) grocery store in Olympia, Washington.

Summer of '63

Summer of '63

This is one of our frequent backyard get togethers at my Aunt's home in Secaucus, NJ circa 1963. I'm the joker in the gray shirt. My Dad is behind me wearing a tie and my Mom is second from the right with the pearls.

My brothers are the little guys with bow ties and the rest of the kids are cousins. Except the lovely blonde girl directly across from me, a friend of my cousins, who I had a huge crush on for years. My grandparents are seated to my left and my great-grandmother is at the far end of the table.

The photo was likely taken by my Uncle Gerard who always had a camera ready. His wife, my wonderful Aunt Greta, is the hostess holding the plate.

Uncle Fred: 1905

Uncle Fred: 1905

Grand Rapids, circa 1905.

Uncle Fred wasn't my mother's uncle, nor was he Judge Maynard, as he often referred to himself in and around Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Owosso, Michigan. My family called him Uncle Fred and judging from all the family records and photos, he seems to have been a pretty fun guy.

His name was Frederick Augustus Maynard. He served as the Michigan State Attorney General from 1895-1898. In 1901 he was indicted on 48 charges of embezzlement, which were quashed before the case went to trial.

In 1901 he became Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, serving until 1914 in the prosecution of Government land fraud cases under Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Taft.

He was a close friend of my grandfather, Rex Johnson, of Grand Rapids. Rex and my grandmother Dorothy stayed with him for a spell in the early 1900s while Rex built his house on Rural Route 5 in Grand Rapids.

Moose Jaw: 1900s

Moose Jaw: 1900s

My great-aunt who left Detroit and settled on a ranch in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. This picture is from the early 1900s.

Boot Camp: 1949

Boot Camp: 1949

My Uncle Charles "Sonny" Haile (seen earlier) from his August 5, 1949 company photo in San Diego. He's the 5th sailor from the right on the 3rd row.

Monty and Van Johnson: 1953

Monty and Van Johnson: 1953

Family relative Montague Henry Roberts, a race car driver who piloted the first leg of the famous New York to Paris race of 1908. He is seen here many years later for a publicity shot with Hollywood actor Van Johnson. They were promoting the New York Auto show. 1953.

Empire State Building: 1940

Empire State Building: 1940

In my collection from years ago. Writing on the back says, "Ice Falling From Empire State Bldg. Two workers clearing ice on the outside of the 86th floor, with warm water." Credit: ACME. March 15, 1940.

Gordon Pagel Bread: 1900s

Gordon Pagel Bread: 1900s

My great uncle Archie Ball with a Gordon Pagel bread wagon in the early 1900s. He was my born in 1888 in Detroit and later moved to Caro, Michigan. He passed away in Saginaw in the 1970s. Gordon Pagel subsequently became Silvercup Bread.

 
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