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Vintage photos of:
On the road back to California from Florida, May 28, 1956. Cropped left side of image as it had the "end of roll" light leak. I'll bet the train was long enough for my dad to stop the car, get out the camera and have my mom pose. View full size.
Washington National Airport, July or August 1964. The Douglas DC-6 was arguably the last word in piston-engined airline travel. Built in 1948, this airframe's days in first-line service were numbered when this late afternoon image was taken. Immaculately maintained, the ground crew probably washed the exhaust soot from the engine nacelles every night. The United Airlines livery was both elegant and functional: the underside was left in bare aluminum as a concession to the grit that would inevitably score the surface. Scanned slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Northern Virginia, 1952. This is one of over a dozen photos ostensibly taken for the purpose of illustrating erosion patterns. I offer this one only because of the 1950/51 Studebaker in the background. The site is probably a limestone quarry. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
"Howard & Rena, April 1952." Visiting Claude's farm somewhere in Minnesota, affording us our third look at these colorful Kodachromes. View full size.
"Butch & Sally. Feb. 13, 1952." Introducing a new series of Kodachromes that Shorpy found on eBay, taken by a family somewhere in Minnesota. Sally the Dalmatian is in a lot of these slides; Butch the boy, not so much. View full size.