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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Tommy's Market in the 40s

Tommy's Market in the 40s

Tommy's Market in Evansville, Indiana. Location is likely near Third Ave., and the date the late 1940s. Found in old photos from my grandfather. View full size.

The Wedding Party: c.1899

The Wedding Party: c.1899

Young Bernard Burch (1889-1985) is seated on a tree stump on the lower left of this image. Because the photo lacks annotation, we have no more facts to share. We do note, however, that none of the party looks very pleased to be there. At least the young man with the shotgun was prepared to dispatch any miscreants who might happen upon the scene. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.

Camera Kid: c.1915

Camera Kid:  c.1915

Funny how much detail one can discover in contact sheet images. Here, the lovely Miss Annie Laurie Ward (1891-1981) is frolicking about with a camera, probably in Little Falls, Minnesota. Image from Laurie's personal collection that was eventually absorbed into that of her husband, Bernard Burch. View full size.

Christmas 1952

Christmas 1952

My mother's first Christmas. Grandma still uses the same nativity scene and many of the same ornaments. She has thankfully redecorated in more neutral solids, though. View full size.

Old Town, Maine: 1965

Old Town, Maine: 1965

The James W. Sewall Co., Foresters and Engineers in Old Town, Maine. I believe this is about 1965 as that's my Dad's blue '64 Mustang parked in the lot and it looks pretty much brand new. We didn't have that car very long as he traded it in for a '69 Ford Grand Torino. Dad worked at JWS Co until he retired as a draftsman. He made maps there back when it was all done by hand. My grandfather also retired from there as well. View full size.

Christmas Morning, 1958

Christmas Morning, 1958

My mom, then just a toddler, opening presents with my great-grandfather at my great-grandparents' house on North Pulaski in Chicago. He was close to retirement as a sergeant with the Chicago Police Department when this was taken. He passed on prior to my memory, but Great-Grandma (or GG as we called her for short) continued to live here until dementia took her independence in the early 1990s. View full size.

And Now a Word from Santa

And Now a Word from Santa

This picture is from the early 1960s. Every year my mother's family gathered at the farm house to celebrate Christmas Eve. For a brief few years Santa arrived during our party to distribute gifts. I was young enough and excited enough not to notice the absence of my Uncle Tommy during Santa's visit. As Tommy's boys became old enough to be aware of his absence, Santa stopped coming to the party.

Uncle Tommy was reasonably serious and reserved healthcare professional, so it is fun to see him hamming it up, giving us all a thrill for Christmas. View full size.

 
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