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Vintage photos of:
February 1961. FAPEX, the First Annual Philatelic Exhibition, set up in my bedroom. Obviously taken before opening, as otherwise the exhibit would be obscured by the throngs attending. Or maybe this is one of those time exposures where all the people were moving. Anyway, my stamp collection, enhanced by my 15-year old delusions of grandeur. I still have the stamps, but I wish I had the goose-neck floor lamp and Rocketeer-style illuminated globe. I am still using that bedstead, however, every night. 127 Ektachrome slide.
Oh; there was no Second Annual Philatelic Exhibition.
Having just seen Delworthio's photo of a blue Mercury, I couldn't resist posting one of my 1954 Monterey, some twenty years later (1989) and a few thousand miles east of Indiana. View full size.
My Uncle took pictures of everything dear to him. Kodachrome slide. View full size.
Finally a historic photo from my city on Nashville! I went down to the corner of Third and Church and tried to take a new (digital) photo from the same spot as the one seen in George Christopher: 1910. This was the best match of the four corners. Nothing seems to remain from the 1910 shot. I based the location on info from the Warren Brothers website given below.
August 1958, California's Mission Santa Barbara with a small but interesting selection of cars, including a speeding Rambler wagon; above it in the distance a very nice two-tone Buick; next a spiffied-up yellow coupe, '47 Chevy is my guess; classic '56 Chevy in aqua and white, then a couple of Oldsmobiles, '54 and two-tone '56. Blurry but identifiable at right, a partially-obscured '57 Chevy and a '58 Plymouth. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.
My great-grandfather's Bakery & Cafe on 7th & O Sts. NW, Washington, DC. He's in the back, on the right. This was taken ca. 1920. View full size.