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These were in use by the military between 1909 and 1919. Scanned from the original negative. View full size.
My mother made darned sure I was bundled up enough for this (presumably) chilly late winter morning in early 1955. My brother shot this on Ektachrome in our front yard as I was about to set off on my 5 block walk to my third grade class at Larkspur-Corte Madera School. I can't remember what the theme of my lunchbox was. It was either "weapon against bullies on my way home" or "please don't let my Thermos break again." View full size. Later on: This and That.
October 1976. I pose on the terrace of the Avonmore Hotel, 57 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1. Kodachrome snapped off by my friend using my late, lamented Konica Autoreflex T. View full size.
October 1976, somewhere in England. Holding a piece of good English cheese, I wait for the self-timer to snap, sitting with my friends on the bonnet of our for-hire Volkswagen Golf. Kodachrome slide via Konica Autoreflex T. View full size.