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This is my great grandpa out camping. It looks like he's cooking up a steak on the Coleman stove. I don't know the location but I'd guess it's somewhere in the deserts of California. This was taken sometime in the '50s. View full size.
Scanned from a Kodak safety negative.
What do you do on a warm summer's day, when Mom has just had you cut the stalks for one of her mouth-puckering rhubarb pies? Simple, you make hats of the leaves. (Then you look simple, too.) Me and my brother, roughly 1956. (Wonder if that rake is still tines up in the garden behind us?) Kodachrome, Kodak Retina. View full size.
Another photo from my grandmother's photo album, dated 1927, not sure if these are relatives or just strangers that someone happened to take a photo of. View full size.
Soldiers of the 314th Field Artillery, Battery E, at Camp Lee, Virginia, 1918. The majority of the 314th FA came from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. My grandfather, Corporal Millard G. Fidler of Linn, West Virginia, is in the second row, kneeling down, third from the right. View full size.
A device for measuring and recording the magnetization parameters in thin magnetic films used for computer storage elements. It was designed and built in the Burroughs Corporation's Paoli, Pennsylvania Research Laboratories ca. 1963 by my grandfather and his research group and patented in 1966 (patent No. 3254298). One of four photographs of the device recovered from my grandfather's lab notebooks. View full size.
This goes with the "Stoll Car Bed" sign appearing in the "Free Air, 1920" Shorpy photo. It's my great Uncle, Conrad Volkert, about 1924, on one of his many cross country auto trips. His wife, Jenny, and sister in law, Frieda, also appear in the photo. View full size.
Mowing the lawn was a family experience back then. I really like the car in the back (I'm not a car enthusiast. What kind of car is that?). Why don't cars come in that color anymore? It's kind of funny because the little kid, my father, later grew up to become a chief engineer on tuna boats. This was taken in L.A., early '60s. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.