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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Ray Garrison

Ray Garrison

Ray Eugene Garrison (1923-2006 Indiana), a distant cousin. Son of Russell Garrison and Fannie Hoover. Ray was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force during WW II.

Ray Garrison

Ray Garrison

My cousin Ray Eugene Garrison in his Air Force uniform. Ray was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force WW II. Ray Garrison: 1923-2006 Indiana.

Hot Dog: 1960

Hot Dog: 1960

Taken somewhere in Colorado in 1960. From a lot of 35mm slides I bought at an estate sale. View full size.

Before Walmart: 1928

Before Walmart: 1928

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.

Mount Vernon with Class: 1930

Mount Vernon with Class: 1930

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.

Duck Inn: 1979

Duck Inn: 1979

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 Depot: c.1905

Wadena Depot: c.1905

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.

 
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