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Cannot tell you much about this pic except early 1900's and Salem, Massachusetts Common. Would like to know more about what event needed a large circular shaped tent. Picture found in collection of Dad's who was born in Salem in 1898. View full size.
The reason for my father's trip was to visit this hydroelectric project, which must be in the general vicinity of Sacramento, California. View full size.
In 1955 my father visited San Francisco. This picture shows what the Cliff House looked like at that time. View full size.
A blizzard dumped 14 inches of snow on Washington, DC, adding to six inches already on the ground. News of the storm provided the headline of the Sunday, January 30, 1966 edition of the Washington Post. My wife, seen here in her infant seat, seems more amused by the teaser that echoes Otto Graham's recent appointment as head coach of the Washington Redskins. In that capacity, Graham posted a record of 17-22-3. His successor: Vince Lombardi. View full size.
One of a series of photos that my father, Howard, took of my mother, Arlene, in the spring of 1951 or 1952. They married in October 1951 so if it was the spring of 1951 they were still dating. If it was the spring of 1952 she was his new wife. Location is probably New Brunswick New Jersey. View full size.
His name is Moishe. It says so on the back of the picture. The photo dates to the last decade of the 19th century or the first decade of the 20th. His apparel suggests he is Russian, which might have made him a relative of my mother's mother. His apparent age, and the star of David he wears, suggests that this may have been a photo taken in celebration of his bar mitzvah. View full size.