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The State of Minnesota conducted its last census in 1905. In that year, it double counted our boy Bernard Burch. He is enumerated as part of his parents' household in Wadena as well as among the students at St. John's College in Collegeville. This moldy print depicts a 16 year-old Bernie (second from left) in Collegeville with a few musically-inclined classmates, some of whom we saw earlier. The portrait of an ever-watchful prefect is suspended above. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.
We do not know the identities of the first three men (from the left). On the far right is John Roland Fitzgerald (1925-1998), a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Regiment. With the 24th, Mr. Fitzgerald spent the first part of 1945 on Saipan, neutralizing pockets of Japanese resistance. Mr. Fitzgerald, and perhaps some of the young men pictured here, exercised G.I. Bill benefits to obtain their credentials. The Kerpel School of Dental Technology operated at 820 7th Street, N.W. in Washington, DC. View full size.
Should you ever need to travel from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway is at your service. Dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush, the right-of-way provides scenery like this. The sternwheeler has seen better days, as here it is dry-docked and probably inhabited by squatters. Like other Ektachrome slides from the same roll, this one is fading rapidly. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Back of photo has typed: "A-550-9, NEW YORK CITY- Police Commissioner's Car Showing Insignia. Received from New York March 1, 1934."
Below that are two rubber stamps: a blue one: "Warner Bros. Pictures Inc Burbank, Calif. Property of Research Department" which is crossed out, and above it a purple stamp: "Columbia Pictures Corporation Research Department." View full size.
"Tower Hill School - Senior Grade - 1888" The paper backing in the frame had an NRA (National Recovery Act) stamp from 1933 on it issued by the "Picture Moulding and Picture Frame Code Authority" so it's probably been in the frame since then or shortly after. View full size.
These were called "Dancing Horses" and were housed in Meade, Kansas. They performed at Cimarron Days in 1953 and were photographed by my late father-in-law, J. Leslie Stewart. This was found in a storage box which now belongs to his children. View full size.