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I found the negative in a cigar box that was tossed into a dumpster in Portland, Oregon. I have no idea of the history. View full size.
From a group of photos which included my grandmother sometime in the 1930's. Probably around the San Pedro area. I am not sure what the boat is towing, but it may have to do with oil drilling. View full size.
Another from my grandparents' photo album. I don't know who that is in the picture. I think this is in San Pedro, definitely around the time when oil derricks could be found all around Los Angeles. View full size.
At 4 years old, in 1948, I was fascinated with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Trigger and anything to do with the "Double R Bar Ranch". My Mother bought me the outfit after taking a summer trip to the Post Cereal Plant in Kalamazoo Michigan. Many Post cereal boxes were purchased after that to obtain the buttons that were free inside, including a membership to the Roy Rogers Rider Club (after a mail-in), which I have proudly kept for all these years, and right next to my picture. View full size.
Any other Members out there? From the photo book of Mattie Louise Spain (LeMay). View full size.
If memory serves me correctly, this Spain was beaten to death while serving time in prison for an unknown crime. From the photo book of Mattie Louis Spain (LeMay). View full size.
Possible mother of Mattie Louise Spain (LeMay), taken in 1956 at 1211 Martin St. in Nashville, TN. View full size.