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Taken somewhere in Colorado in 1960. From a lot of 35mm slides I bought at an estate sale. View full size.
Interior of the Burch Brothers grocery store, 106 S. Jefferson Street, Wadena, Minnesota. The Burches have just downsized their enterprise to this smaller facility with its dazzling pressed tin ceiling. Bernard Burch, center, and younger brother Fenwick, right, are joined in this 1928 photo by an unidentified lady. She may be an employee, and if so, the merchandise displays and price placards are probably her handiwork. The business model seems reasonable at first glance: a marketing affinity between the seamstress supplies and select groceries would provide mutually reinforcing revenues. But alas, right next door was a J.C. Penney selling ready-to-wear clothes. Also, other grocers were willing to invest in refrigeration units that allowed them to sell meat, dairy, and fresh produce all under the same roof. Bernie was ruthlessly tight with a buck; thrift triumphed over innovation. As a result, the brothers would dissolve this enterprise just ten years later. The building currently hosts the Pizza Ranch. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.
Panoramic photo taken of Bridgeton High School students at Mt. Vernon, Virginia on June 5, 1930. Original picture was taken with a Cirkut panoramic camera and is approximately 9" x 40" (these pictures were often referred to as "yard-longs"). View full size.
The Duck Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia. From a series of pictures I took when I was a first year student at U-Va. in 1979. On Main Street, across the street from the Amtrak station. There's just nothing like a "Home Cooken Chicken Dinner" from the Duck Inn! View full size.
Wadena, Minnesota. From the most moldy and decrepit recesses of the Bernard Burch photo collection comes this nevertheless charming portrait of some of Bernie's high school classmates. Included are a few bewildered habitués of the Northern Pacific Railroad's Wadena depot, plus a border collie thrown in for good measure. View full size.