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This may be the mother or grandmother of Mattie Louise Spain (LeMay). Probably her mother, but everything says "Grandma Spain." Photo is on very thick paper and colored artificially it seems. View full size.
Hattie Cantrell's (probably mis-spelled) new house in Nashville, TN. Hattie (left), Mattie Louise Spain (LeMay) on the right. The date on the back of the photo is August 24 ,1956. The house is still there and Hattie still lives there. View full size.
Location: Unknown. Date: Unknown. This home appears to be a true light house. One can imagine it didn't last many storms. View full size.
Found negative in a dumpster in Portland, Oregon. Unknown photographer. View full size.
I found the negative in a cigar box that was tossed into a dumpster in Portland, Oregon. I have no idea of the history. View full size.
From a group of photos which included my grandmother sometime in the 1930's. Probably around the San Pedro area. I am not sure what the boat is towing, but it may have to do with oil drilling. View full size.
Another from my grandparents' photo album. I don't know who that is in the picture. I think this is in San Pedro, definitely around the time when oil derricks could be found all around Los Angeles. View full size.