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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • FLY BCPA TO AMERICA, 1952

Such a Deal: 1950s

Such a Deal: 1950s

Somewhere in the 1950s, with a hand that seems suspiciously good. Another Kodachrome slide from the same box as These Three and Dressed to Smoke, found in a thrift store. View full size.

Way, Way Out: 1959

Way, Way Out: 1959

My dad's high school band swinging in the front room of my grandparents' house on Middle Street in Hanover, Pennylvania in 1959. Bill Ernst (piano), Walter Maust (bass), Barry Zelesnick (sax), Jeff Baker (drums). View full size.

Sixth Grade: 1959

Sixth Grade: 1959

Sixth grade (I think) graduation from Cahill Elementary School, Edina, Minnesota. I believe it would have been 1959. Principal Richard Dols is on the left. I am the squinter on the left, 2nd row, 2nd one in. The school was unfortunately torn down. View full size.

Cow Chow: c.1922

Cow Chow: c.1922

As far as I can tell these are the Coburn Bros. from Portsmouth, Ohio. I found a few references to them but unfortunately they’re all OCR text; for example, from the Portsmouth Daily Times dated Oct. 30, 1922:
The Purina Mills guarantees that you will gel mom fgB or your tnonny btck, when you feed Purina Cbowa u directed. Phone us. SCHICKEN CHOWDER COBURN BROS. Portsmouth, Ohio Phone 745.

Scanned from the original 4.25 x 2.75 inch snapshot. View full size.

SoCal Cruisin': 1969

SoCal Cruisin': 1969

Los Angeles Palm Springs from my first trip to Southern California in March 1969 as a teenager. I took this squatting in the street for visual effect with a Pentax 35mm SLR. Lots of 1960s (and classic 1950s) iron to enjoy, but darned if I remember what street this is! View full size.

Vermont St. Exit: 1969

Vermont St. Exit: 1969

San Francisco, March 1969. Taken from the front passenger seat, US 101 northbound at the Vermont Street exit. Love the Bobbie Gentry and Sammy Davis Jr. Harrah's billboard and the late 1950s Bentley cruising serenely in the southbound lane. View full size.

"Vertigo" +11: 1969

"Vertigo" +11: 1969

San Francisco, the Palace of the Legion of Honor in March 1969. My shot has a hint of Hitchcock with the older cars and bus. View full size.

 
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