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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 4000

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 4000

Built in 1930 and looking like any other locomotive, CB&Q #4000 was dressed with a shroud in 1937 and named "Aeolus" (keeper of the wind). I would imagine that during the Depression it was one way to make travel more inviting. The shroud was removed in 1940; she's now on permanent display at Copeland Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin. View full size.

Grandma: 1925

Grandma: 1925

My grandmother as a young flapper in 1925. Probably in Minnesota.

Caswell Massey & Co.

Caswell Massey & Co.

New York circa 1910. Fifth Avenue at 25th Street looking north. From a collection of found nitrate negatives. The corner signpost shows Fifth Avenue and 25th street if you zoom in. The store on the left is Caswell Massey and Co., which had a 202 Fifth Avenue branch. I'm guessing the date because many of the photos in the collection are views of the Metropolitan Life tower and vicinity - 23rd Sreet Madison Square. The tower was the tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913 and might have attracted the attention of a photographer when it was new. The dress and vehicles in the photo put it before 1920, I think. View full size.

Heap Big Birthday: 1964

Heap Big Birthday: 1964

My nephews and I celebrating my Native American themed birthday. It's spring of 1964 in North Carolina as noted by the jonquils on the table. Kodachrome slide taken with my father's Kodak Automatic 35 camera. View full size.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Can anyone identify this dam? This photo is one of a trio purchased in northern California. I get dizzy just looking at the staircases clinging to the side of the cliff on the right. View full size.

Me: 1957

Me: 1957

Me, approx. age 2 in 1957, Laurel, Mississippi. The Masonite plant looms in the background. View full size.

Frog in Your Throat : 1894

Frog in Your Throat : 1894

This may have been an entry for a promotional contest held by Hance Bros. & White in the fall of 1894. The Grand Prize was $1000. 5x8 glass negative. View full size.

 
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