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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TRAVEL TO NIMES, FRANCE: 1926

Seabees: 1943

Seabees: 1943

My grandfather Thomas A. Hawkins and his Navy peers in their enlistment group photo, about 1943. Grandpa is two persons directly above the officer on the right. He enlisted in the Construction Battalion and was separated in 1953 as a Boatswain's Mate (Stevedore) Petty Officer First Class. This photo was taken either in Columbia or Charleston, S.C., where he entered). View full size.

My Book House: 1949

My Book House: 1949

From my dad's old Kodachromes comes this one of my mom, Dorothy Porter, in 1949, reading a bedtime story to my two sisters, June and Madge, at our home in Greenville, S.C.. She is reading from a collection of children's stories that were contained in twelve volumes, called "My Book House". These sets were sold by door to door salesmen in the 30's, 40's and 50's. I loved it when Mom read to me from this set of beautifully written and lavishly illustrated stories, but alas, they fell victim to our evolving culture. Some of the entertaining stories they contained, such as "Little Black Sambo", and Uncle Remus (Joel Chandler Harris) tales came to be regarded as politically insensitive and so were deleted from the American lexicon of acceptable children's literature. View full size.

Women Who Smoke

Women Who Smoke

A thrift store find from the same metal box as Dressed to Smoke. The majority of the slides in this unusual collection are portraits of women; they tend to be a bit on the exotic side. View full size.

Salinas: 1961

Salinas: 1961

Through the miracle of automatic color correction and Photoshop comes this Ektachrome 35mm slide taken in Salinas, California in September 1961. Like much 1960's Ektachrome, this slide was completely magenta and looked like it had no color at all, one press of a button brought it back to this condition, then applied lots of Healing Brush in Photoshop to get rid of the Cyan polka dots that were all over it and it looks halfway decent, though not very well focused. View full size.

Suburban Buick: 1957

Suburban Buick: 1957

A 1957 Buick, houses in colors not seen anymore, and lots of antennas. A 35mm Kodachrome slide I found somewhere. View full size.

Happy Hour: 195x

Happy Hour: 195x

Mid-50s bar scene, possibly in the Los Angeles area. From one half of a stereo slide I found in a thrift store. If the resolution was just a bit higher we could get a name off those napkins. View full size.

Mid-Century Mili's: 195x

Mid-Century Mili's: 195x

This found Kodachrome is labeled simply "Mili's House." View full size.

 
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