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This is a picture of my father, Fred T. Massie. It was taken when he was about 18 in around 1928. Although still in high school, he was already managing this drugstore in Norfolk, Virginia. Daddy is the handsome young man in the foreground wearing the "Hollywood" smile. View full size.
I bought this image at a garage sale. It is an 8x10 print on mat board. I noticed the 1902 copyright date and that alone made me buy it. I did some research and this was shot when Burr had his studio across from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. I don't know who the woman is. I assume she is an actress from one of the theaters near the Waldorf. Most likely from an 8x10 glass plate. The back of the mat board has a series number. This print is number three of eight. View full size.
U-Smile Court. Kansas City, MO. 1940's? View full size.
Uncle Wally and his basement drinking buddies, circa 1959. View full size.
In 1959, my engineer father was, as his expression shows, not happy that a part to my brother's new magic set was not working by late Christmas morning. This was my second picture with the Argus C-Twenty camera I received that day so long ago. For $29.95, the camera kit came with one 20-exposure roll of Kodachrome daylight, six No. 5 blue flashbulbs, plug-in flash gun, and a slide previewer. My parents spent an extra $4.79 for the top-grain leather case. For some reason, they never discarded the Fall-Winter 1959 Montgomery-Ward catalog in which the camera was featured. The catalog is now in my home. The camera served me well through high school, college and beyond. View full size.
My maternal great grandfather Grant Webb in the middle, Grant Jr. on the left and Francis on the right. Taken in Los Angeles during WWII. View full size.
From another series of vacation photos, this one is from a series of photos in Utah. Grandpa had a lot of fishing stories, and I guess some of them were true. View full size.