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Scanned from a print dated March 23, 1937. Colorized! View full size.
Anne Lee Patterson (Miss Northern Kentucky). She won her title in Galveston, Texas. Actress Dorothy Lamour was her first runner-up. She then went on to take second place in the 1931 Miss Universe pageant and joined the cast of the Ziegfeld Follies 1932 revival of “Showboat”. Scanned from the original Eastman Kodak nitrate negative. View full size.
This is my great-great grandpa and grandma Keeler in Miami around 1960. He just had a stroke. Grandpa Keeler was a doctor who brought his family to Miami from Perry, OK, by automobile in 1914, which his daughter, my great grandmother, chronicled in her diary. And according to my grandmother, his granddaughter, he was the first one in Perry, OK, to have glass windshields on his car. Another interesting story involving him is he was addicted to morphine; so for a week he went into his garage and didn't leave until he was sober. I wonder what he did in there. View full size
Just a couple of kids in a tub. It was taken in the early 1900s in Perry, OK. A least one of the kids is apart of the Keeler family. View full size.
My great-great grandma Keeler, next to her daughter Portia, who is playing the organ. It's August 1960, Miami. She looks like she's having fun. View full size.
This photo of the Sidney Ohio Cycling club was taken in about 1895. The man in the center is my great grandfather, Burt Heck who left the original to me. At the height of its activities, the club had several dozen members. These guys would cycle 40 miles on a Sunday morning.
Some interesting details are the date 1877 engraved on the roof peak of the house in the background and the kid on the far left trying to get into the picture. Also there are 19 riders and 20 bikes which suggests the photographer was one of the group.
The original print is a very high resolution. I have a poster size print on my wall and it looks fantastic. View full size.