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Alaska/Yukon sternwheelers enjoyed their last hurrah during World War II, when they were pressed into service carrying freight in support of the Alcan Highway construction project. Ironically, however, the highway led directly to the demise of sternwheeler revenue opportunities. This vaguely dramatic photo details the Nenana's pilot house. She endured a decade of neglect, including occupancy by squatters, until restored for display in Fairbanks. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
UPDATE: By amazing coincidence, the photographer here (the late father of Shorpy member rsyung) seems to have stumbled upon a shooting location for the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo," with the same cars lined up along the curb as in a scene from the movie. Scroll down to the comments for details. -- Dave
Taken by my dad in August, 1957. Bay Bridge in the background. I'm sure someone with an intimate knowledge of "The City" and / or Google maps will figure out which street this is. Kodachrome slide, Contax camera. View full size.
December 1974. This LC-130R Hercules has just arrived at the geographic south pole, flying in from McMurdo Station. This is the same aircraft that appeared in part in this earlier post. Operated by the "Puckered Penguins" navy squadron VXE-6, this is one of several arctic-equipped Herkies employed largely for the benefit of the National Science Foundation until VXE-6 was disbanded in 1999. In later years, this particular airframe sported an image of Walter Lantz's "Chilly Willy" cartoon character on its nose. Image from a Kodachrome slide, Frank Burch collection. View full size.
Appears to be a printing shop. Picked it up at a estate sale. No other info is known. View full size.
These are the boys of the headquarters company band, 53rd Infantry Regiment, Sixth Infantry Division. The reverse is inscribed Taken near Hotel du France, Cauterets, France, July 25th 1919. Do you recognize? Your loving brother, Bernie. The sender of this post card was Bernard Burch (1889-1985) of Wadena, Minnesota. He is fourth from the left in the first standing row. Bernie's enlistment took him away from his clerical duties at Wadena's Burch Brothers Department store. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Happily, all the buildings in this photo are in far better shape now compared to when this photo was taken. The building on the left is 723 Shenandoah Street; it once housed the Stagecoach Inn, but is now home to the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. St. Peter's Catholic Church looms overhead. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.