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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Latrobe, Pennsylvania (1940's)

Accordion Man

Accordion Man

My Dad grew up in Europe where the accordion was a respected instrument. My Mom as you can see was a polite audience. About 1963, Pigeon Lake, Alberta, Canada . . . and yes he is wearing swim trucks. View full size.

Trans-Atlantic travel, 1907

Trans-Atlantic travel, 1907

In 1907 my paternal Grandfather came to America aboard the ship Rhein which traveled from Bremerhaven (Bremen, Germany) to New York City. The ship left on April 28th and arrived on May 13th. The ship had been built eight years before and carried 369 second class passengers and 3082 in third class (there were no first class accommodations).

This picture was digitized from one of three 3x5 inch glass negatives that he took while onboard the ship. All are a bit overexposed. I believe that my Grandfather is standing at the left side of the back row. The gentleman in front of Grandfather and the gentleman on the opposite end appear to be crew members.

Grandfather's arrival was at Ellis Island. He left his fiancee in Germany and she followed him here two years later. She arrived in Hoboken, NJ. As she had no relatives here and since my Grandfather was not yet a naturalized citizen they were married onboard the ship by it's Captain in order to allow her to disembark. View full size.

Couch Potatoes

Couch Potatoes

This is a snapshot from a party of some sort in the '50s. That's my grandmother sitting in the middle with her hand up. Scanned from a medium format safety negative. View full size.

Class photo

Class photo

A class photo from an unknown grammar school in the Lower East Side of Manhatten, New York City, taken probably between 1907 and 1912. View full size.

Easter, 1954

Easter, 1954

This is my mother, Rosemary Van Wie and my 2 older brothers, Glenn and Robert. Taken at Clinton Avenue in Albany, NY in 1954 at one of the many basement apartments. View full size.

Four young ladies

Four young ladies

Here is a picture I came across at a thrift store of four young ladies with flowers in their hair. Sorry, I know nothing about them. It was blank on the back of the photo. I think they look like school teachers, perhaps it is a graduation of young ladies that just went to college to become teachers. View full size.

 
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