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A real photo postcard from the seaside resort town of Cuxhaven, Germany, featuring a multi-generational gathering of 25 family members celebrating sixty something. Whether it was a 60th anniversary, or the year 1960 is anyone's guess. Back side gives the photo studio address as Bernhard Str No 34 in that town. View full size.
August 1967, in a small parking lot next to my parents' home in Agawam, Massachusetts. My then-girlfriend, Madeleine, is standing next to my 1950 VW, which I had restored the previous year. I think I was one of the earliest to take an interest in "vintage" VWs -- when the car was a mere 15 years old. But even then the earliest split window VWs were rare (only a few hundred were sold in the US in 1950). I paid $85 for it in late 1965. It would be worth a bit more today. View full size.
Filling up our 1959(?) VW 23 window sunroof bus in the gas station across the street from our parents' place in Agawam, Massachusetts in September 1967. My brother is standing next to the pump. A few minutes later we head off across the country. Today that particular bus, in that condition, would cost over $100K. Yikes. Scanned from a square format Ektachrome slide. View full size.
Erie Lackawanna's train 7, the Pacific Express, departs Corry, Pennsylvania westbound. It will arrive in Chicago in about 13 more hours, having stopped at every station on the route. An express it was not. Within a year the train will be discontinued, but Hoboken to Chicago service will continue with two other trains in each direction - Phoebe Snow and Lake Cities. Note the PRR Alco working in the distance. View full size.
Wadena, Minnesota. For a brief moment during his youth, Frank Burch (1927-2009) was totally cool. That moment is captured here. The Indians? Not so much, as they boasted a 7-14 season that year, falling to Brainerd High in the first round of playoffs. Sitting from L-R: Cleon Erckenbrack, Frank Jung, Pat Frost, Bruce Wilcox, Don Imgrund, Dale Besett, and Warren Blood. Standing, L-R: Frank Burch, Mr. Kermit Anderson, Ed Bretz, Kenneth Imgrund, Bill Blair, Tom Nyberg, Lovell Piepkorn, Willis Goedel, Wayne Moroney, Mr. Robert Mower, and Verle Blaha. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.