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The Wayne Camera Center circa 1970s in the Preakness Shopping Center, Wayne, NJ. I believe that's the founder, Bill Orkulsky, who started the store in 1955. Not sure if the ladies present are his wife and daughter or just employees. Lots of future "collectibles" and "kitsch" for sale. View full size.
I inherited this from a family friend who took it on the docks in Cannes, France in 1950. I'll leave a little of the mystery to the sleuths on Shorpy, as I had never heard of the Zaca and its famous owner, seen at the railing at the far side of the boat. I have shared this pic (when I finally figured out who what I was looking at) with the son of the famous figure. There is one person on the boat at the top right who is talking with the owner of the Zaca; I really want to know who it is - any ideas? famous? Fairly certain the Zaca is there for the film festival. View full size.
[The only son of the "famous owner" is presumed to have died in 1970; is that who you shared it with? -tterrace]
This is my dad's original copy of the Detroit News photo of the Battle of the Overpass when Ford's hired "goons" beat up striking auto workers. The complete story is here. My dad, James E. (Scotty) Kilpatrick, took the shots and hid the glass plates in his car and gave them blanks. The photos were on the front page the next day. View full size.
My dad emigrated from Scotland when he was 19. Shortly after he took a job with the Detroit News as a copy boy. He is in the forefront at the typewriter in the news room, circa 1920s. View full size.
A typical day on the beach under the hot Spanish sun, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, c.1910. Positive in glass taken by my great-grandmother's brother. Any bathing-suits? Anybody sun-bathing? What a difference with any beach on the "civilized" world today. View full size.
You can’t miss it. Driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs right off the Cabazon exit of the I-10 is where you see the giant dinosaurs next to a big sign that says “EAT”. Sculptor and retired Knott's Berry Farm portrait artist Claude K. Bell was the owner of the Wheel Inn Cafe in the 1960s, and started the project to build Dinny and Rex, the dinosaurs, in 1964, as a way to draw attention to his eatery. I made this photo using a Nikon FM2 and Kodak Kodacolor II 35mm negative film and a Nikor 24mm fix focus lens. December 1984. View full size.
My uncle managed a series of Woolworth stores during the 1920's and 30's. He would have professional pictures taken of his store displays. This is his store in Findlay Ohio, sometime in the late 1920's. View full size.