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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Archives on Ice: 1974

Archives on Ice: 1974

Williams Field, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica December 1974. Federal archivist Frank Burch has just arrived, courtesy of the 60th Military Airlift Wing's C-141A Starlifter. Frank will spend a couple weeks there bringing order to records of interest to the National Science Foundation. This C-141A is in its original short-body configuration. Like most of the C-141 fleet, it would later be stretched by having two spacers placed in the fuselage, one before and one after the wing joint. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

San Fernando Commercial Street: 1931

San Fernando Commercial Street: 1931

"Main commercial street in San Fernando California" October 1931. Scanned from a 3"x5" negative from a collection of newspaper negatives found in a second-hand store. View full size.

San Fernando Residential Street: 1931

San Fernando Residential Street: 1931

Residential street in San Fernando, California, October 1931. From a collection of newspaper negatives found in a second-hand store. View full size.

Earthquake Damage: 1933

Earthquake Damage: 1933

Earthquake damage to P.E. power station at Dominguez Junction, California March 1933.

"The 1933 Long Beach earthquake which took place on March 10 at 5:54 P.M. PST with a moment magnitude of 6.4"

From a 2" x 3" nitrate negative. From a collection of newspaper negatives found in a second-hand store. View full size.

Finding Dad in WWII, 8 April, 1945

Finding Dad in WWII, 8 April, 1945

Some months ago I came across a photo of Royal Canadian Engineers (Sappers) in Europe during WWII that I'd never seen before, and located a copy on the National Archives of Canada. The description is "Personnel of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division Bridging Troop, Royal Canadian Engineers (R.C.E.), constructing a pontoon bridge across the Ems River at Meppen, Germany, 8 April 1945." I was taken completely aback. The Sapper manning the crane is my Dad!

While watching a film on the Canadian military at the end of WWII I saw a newsreel showing men waiting for transportation in Nijmegen, Holland. A fleeting glance of one face in the crowd of hundreds of men caught my eye. In this detail from the film the dark-haired guy in the background, with the cigarette hanging out of the corner on his mouth, viewed over the shoulders of several other men. It is quite literally a split second. I showed it to the family. There are no units identified but, like with the previous photo, we knew instantly that is was my Dad. View full size.

Maine Bog Flood

Maine Bog Flood

This is the Pushaw Road in Old Town, Maine (the official name is Poplar Street but we always called it the Pushaw Road). It's the road we would take (and still do) out to my family's camp on Pushaw Lake. There are two bogs on the way out and every spring the road would flood over. The people who lived on the lake would have to park their cars on the other side of the bog and be ferried over by boat or dump truck to their cars to get back into town. Sometimes if there was a thaw in the winter and a lot of rain it would also flood and freeze in the winter making it a real mess. The road has since been built up quite a bit so it doesn't usually flood this bad anymore. The fella standing by the Dodge is my grandfather Harold Winter. This picture was probably taken in the late 1960s (that appears to be a '65 Dodge behind the VW). A slide my Dad took with his old Leica camera. View full size.

Doug's First Haircut: 1969

Doug's First Haircut: 1969

My friend Doug's first haircut, March 1969. View full size.

 
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