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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

My Father: 1941

My Father: 1941

My father, Sal Di Martino (top left) with 15-day beard. Tennessee 1941 U.S. Army.

Roof Sitter: 1930

Roof Sitter: 1930

This is my dad, Allen Frederick Larsen, in 1930, when he was four. For some reason, we have a bunch of photos of him as a child in places that look quite dangerous: on rooftops as here, on railroad bridges, on car hoods. My grandfather took a lot of pictures. It's a wonder Dad lived to marry my mother. The picture was taken in Muscatine, Iowa.

Sorority Sisters: 1942

Sorority Sisters: 1942

My mom, Virginia Fryxell, in 1942, on the campus of Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois, with sorority sisters from Alph Chi Omega. She's the one with the M on her chest. She married my dad, Allen Larsen in 1947. I have no idea who the soldier in the picture is.

Grand Lodge Convention: 1924

Grand Lodge Convention: 1924

107th annual convention of the Indiana Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 27th, 1924. Photo taken with a Cirkut #10 panoramic camera, original size is approximately 10" by 45" (these kinds of pictures were informally referred to as "yard-longs"). View full size.

San Diego Harbor: 1966

San Diego Harbor: 1966

This was taken during the San Diego Harbor cruise in July, 1966. Can anyone identify the carrier? It's got those big deck guns, which makes me think it's World War II vintage. Photo by my dad. View full size.

Welch Family: c.1905

Welch Family: c.1905

A gathering of the Welch family cousins, circa 1905 in Franklin, New Hampshire. My Grandfather Vernon is the tall boy, third from right. View full size.

Burch Bros. V2.0: c1928

Burch Bros. V2.0: c1928

A variety of circumstances led the brothers Bernard and Fenwick Burch to reorient the retail business originally founded by their father, Hank. In 1927, they leased their original 1899 "department store" at 102-104 S. Jefferson Street in Wadena, Minnesota to the J.C. Penney Co. The Burches moved next door to the smaller premises at 106, morphing their enterprise into a "grocery store." More on that later. For now, we share a photo that seems to have been commissioned at the same time as the drug store portrait. The building's facade may be fairly new, updating the pre-1900 structure behind it. Of interest are reflections in the glass, including the 1925 Ford Runabout in the door, and to the right of that, the photographer. View full size.

 
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