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Vintage photos of:
Thomas Wells, circa 1880. Besides being my Great-great-grandfather, Thomas was the local blacksmith and a farmer in the Bellpointe, Ohio, area. Bellepointe is, or was, a suburb of Columbus and Delaware. This tintype photo was taken at an unknown studio in the area. Notice his trademark cigar. View full size.
Here's a great photo of my Grandfather Mike(top right), on the back of a CPR Caboose. He had arrived not too long before this photo was taken from the old country (Czechoslovakia). He was originally laughed at when they saw his small stature but in his broken English said to the fellow doing the hiring that if he could do the same amount of work as the 6-foot-5 Finnish fellow behind him, would they hire him -- and the rest is history. He worked 48 years for the Canadian Pacific Railway right here in Thunder Bay, Ontario, formerly the 2 cities of Fort William and Port Arthur. View full size.
April 5, 2009. The Gulf station in Melvin Village, New Hampshire. Note that the flat-roofed section, although one bay longer, is identical in design to the one in this photo contributed by Don in Va. I'd say that these two buildings have a Gulf Oil architect in common. This garage is the property of John Warner, who is also the proprietor of the Hooterville Airport in Kenney, Illinois. View full size.
Grand opening of my father's Gulf Gas station in Gulfport, Ms, circa 1955. The family's 2-door Ford station wagon to the right of the building would make two cross-country Mississippi to California trips in a few years before we finally settled in The Promised Land of southern California. The clown's outfit was covered with Gulf embroidered patches and he has poorly made-up. I was about 7 at this time. View full size.
My cousin Deanna, around 1965 or so, obviously bored, nothing to do. Yawn.... View full size.
My father at the grand opening of his Gulf Gas station in Gulfport, Miss., circa 1955. You will notice that as a former U.S. Marine he has the thumb and forefinger of his right hand properly along the seam of his right trouser leg. View full size.