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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Queen of the Road: 1963

Queen of the Road: 1963

Here's the companion photo to the 1963 road trip to Canada last seen here at the roadside breakfast picnic table. This time it's Mom's turn at the Coleman, but no note about which meal or where this was. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Punchin' Judy B-17

Punchin' Judy B-17

Photo taken of Clarence "Shorty" Hawkins in front of aircraft #43-39093 at Army Airforce Base in Knetteshall England 1944, 388th Heavy Bombardment Group H.
This aircraft survived the war and was flown back to the states where it was sold for scrap.

Mystery Carrier

Mystery Carrier

I'm really looking for some help with this one. The caption that was one the original photo says "American Carrier, 1950." The trouble is that it's not an American carrier at all, if for no other reason than the fact that there's a White Ensign flying on the fantail (there are other indicators as well). The photo was one of a series that was taken near Victoria B.C. and the most obvious guess - that this is the Canadian carrier HMCS Magnificent - is also a wrong guess since Magnificent was based out of Halifax on the east coast. Clearly then this was a British carrier, possibly on the way to Korea, but what ship?

A few friends over

A few friends over

Taken mid 1940's, maybe a war's over party? My grandpa Frank on the far right next to the lamp, my grandma Grace 2nd from the left in the front row. View full size.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

I honestly am not sure what is going on in the picture. My grandpa Frank is the one standing in front of the office door. It seems like a posed picture too, but what the man on the left is showing, I don't know. But it seems like everyone is having fun. Taken around the mid 1940's. View full size.

Overheated Ford

Overheated Ford

Oops, car trouble. I don't think it ruined the vacation much since there are so many other pictures of the Yosemite vacation. Doing a little bit of research, it's a Mercury, likely a 1939. CORRECTION: It is a Ford, was correct originally. View full size.

Driving home from vacation. 1940's

Driving home from vacation. 1940's

Driving back to LA from Yosemite, I'm thinking my grandma snapped this picture since she never drove once in her life. This section of highway 99 probably looks not much different today, except it's 4 lanes now.

 
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