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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Reading the Comics: 1963

Reading the Comics: 1963

Who needs furniture? Using the floor instead of furniture was apparently a regular part of my family’s life. I believe my father was reading the Sunday comics to me and my brother while using the living room couch as a prop for his pillow in this photo. You can see the other sections of the Sunday paper on the couch, behind my brother’s head. Previously he used the floor and not the couch for a nap.

Little Red Caboose: 1967

Little Red Caboose: 1967

The "Canal Line" railroad bridge in Milldale, Connecticut carried rail traffic over U. S. Route 6-a, the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. The highway was excavated in 1914 to permit trolleys of the Waterbury & Milldale Tramway to pass under the rails, that track coming by only a few feet from where this was taken. The "Canal Line" railroad approximately followed the course of the old Farmington Canal (1828-1847) from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts, and opened in 1848. It has had a number of owners, but was still in the "New Haven" system when I took this picture on June 4, 1967, when I was 16. Kodachrome, of course!

It's a Small(er) World: 1969

It's a Small(er) World: 1969

Disneyland, 1969. Kodachrome slide by my dad. View full size.

Those Dour Victorians

Those Dour Victorians

I don’t think the Victorians were anywhere near as joyless as they look in pictures. We wouldn’t be here if they were. This elegantly Victorian woman looks pretty forbidding. Of course we can’t tell, in black and white, what color she is wearing, so we think of the Victorians as dressed in black. She probably wasn’t. And it was not a custom to artificially smile for pictures in that era, so she does not.

Her name was Philomena Reichhardt. She was my paternal grandfather’s grandmother, and her outfit with its wide collar and leg o' mutton sleeves is something to behold. She lived in Germany, which is where this studio photo was taken during the 1880s.

Lithuania: 1916

Lithuania: 1916

I am told this is one of my grandmother’s sisters who stayed in Lithuania when my grandmother left for the USA. She sent this picture postcard of herself and her two children to my grandmother. It seems to have messages from two different people written on its back side. The only thing I can understand of the message is the year 1916. View full size.

Lithuanian Sisters: 1910s

Lithuanian Sisters: 1910s

According to my mother, her mother was one of three sisters in Lithuania, and these are the children of one of those sisters who stayed in Lithuania. In other words, they are two cousins that my mother never met. There is quite a bit written on the back of this picture, but I haven’t a clue what it says, or even what language it is in. View full size.

WW2: An Entrance

WW2: An Entrance

I recently acquired some negatives and had these ones developed. They are not in the greatest of shape but seem very interesting. They all seem to be from WW2. Not sure of the actual location or what the building is.

[This is in Libya. -tterrace]

 
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