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This was taken at my great grandparents house in LA who are seated at the table (second from left and far right) with some neighbors. They were very close with their neighbors, something I think is missing in many suburbs these days (including my own). Can anyone identify the camera? View full size.
Another photo from my grandfather, this one taken in Clatskanie, Oregon, on July 4th, 1905. He'd helped to organize the volunteer fire department in this little logging town, and here they all are, dressed up for the Independence Day parade. My Aunt Hazel is seated on the box of the decorated hose wagon, dressed as a water sprite. My grandfather is in the back to her right, wearing a moustache and a white fedora. Aunt Hazel wrote on the back of this photo: "I was making such a mean face because I didn't want my baby sister Hannah in the photo with me." View full size.
This family photo was taken on July 4th, 1887. My grandfather is seated on the floor at front left. That's his helpful dog next to him holding a hammer in its mouth. He was twenty years old in 1887, but he was already a contractor and this was his crew. The building they were constructing was the AT&SF train station at San Dimas, California. View full size.
This was taken in August of 1965; as you can see in the background the St. Louis Arch is being build. I got this picture from my great Aunt Regina's scrap book. She lived in East St. Louis; the girl in the picture is my mom. View full size.
My grandfather Edward Blankman in front of his house in Canton, New York, about 1913. View full size.
This kid is named Jay Smiley and walking in the back is Jim Smiley. Jay and Jim must have been out for a bike ride in Shelby, Ohio, where the picture was taken. The year is around 1895. View full size.
From left to right is May Meek-age 65,Ann Keeler-47, John Kline- 6 months, and Mae Kline-19. This was taken in 1902 in Shelby, Ohio. That's four generations, and May Meek looks likes she's on the older end of 65. Mae Kline looks pretty hot...for a mom. I think May is a distant grandma. View full size.