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Vintage photos of:
Charlie Chaplin, behind the automobile at right, and my great-grandfather, Rob Wagner, standing to Chaplin's right and wearing a flat cap, arrive in Wilson, North Carolina, on April 12, 1918, for Chaplin's swing through the southern states during the Liberty Bond Tour to raise funds for the war effort. My great-grandfather served as Chaplin's secretary and ghost writer from about 1916 through 1919. View full size.
These are distant cousins: William Samuel Mustard (1853 Virginia - 1915 Washington), his wife Hester Adeline Newberry and their kids. William Samuel is seated on the left and Hester on his right. View full size.
This is my dad, Allen Frederick Larsen, in 1930, when he was four. For some reason, we have a bunch of photos of him as a child in places that look quite dangerous: on rooftops as here, on railroad bridges, on car hoods. My grandfather took a lot of pictures. It's a wonder Dad lived to marry my mother. The picture was taken in Muscatine, Iowa.
107th annual convention of the Indiana Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 27th, 1924. Photo taken with a Cirkut #10 panoramic camera, original size is approximately 10" by 45" (these kinds of pictures were informally referred to as "yard-longs"). View full size.
This was taken during the San Diego Harbor cruise in July, 1966. Can anyone identify the carrier? It's got those big deck guns, which makes me think it's World War II vintage. Photo by my dad. View full size.