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A number of photos of this charming gal were donated to a charity sale in Washington state. A friend sent them to me. Unfortunately, they're not labeled on the back. Photo by Hartsook Studio, Seattle. View full size.
Pikes Peak area 1956. My 93 year old grandfather cannot remember what camera he used - knowing that it wasn't his box camera since his wife is obviously holding it in her hand. View full size.
In 1929 my dad went to work for Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He apprenticed with their formidable senior installer, who had worked for Alexander Graham Bell to install Cheyenne's first telephone system in 1881. This photo was taken in 1930 in the the Cheyenne company yard, and my dad is third from the left, aged 21. He stayed with Bell for 28 years, as an installer and lineman in Cheyenne and Casper, and, after the war, in San Diego. Linemen in the Rockies had hard lives. Dad told of having to dig down as much as 30 feet in the snowdrifts to free the phone lines south of Casper during blizzards, lines that were at the top of 70-foot poles. View full size.
Grandma (in the polka-dot dress) and Grandpa Poeschl (sitting next to her) in 1933 after a Bavarian Soccer Club game, Milwaukee WI. Grandpa was a longtime player for the Bavarians (he had the cinder remnants in his knees to prove it) and was inducted into the WASA Hall of Fame in 1985. Am assuming from the photo, that their team won the game that afternoon - either that or they were a happy bunch of sore losers. View full size.
Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920), wife of Napoleon III, the last empress of France. Date unknown. How this autographed (?) albumen print ended up being passed through six generations of my family is unknown, but it is suspected it may have been presented to an ancestor well-known in his time as a French teacher/translator and socialite. Apparently this photograph is part of a series of photographs of the Empress that have found their way into the Life Magazine photo archives, though this particular photograph is a notable exception. View full size.
Helen Spach is on the far left, in the middle is my Granny Annie Spach, and on the far right is a neighborhood kid. This picture was taken in Miami around the late twenties. View full size.
Good Housekeeping, in my humble opinion, ripped of the picture my great-grandmother won honorable mention with. But then again, who knows. The inset photo is the photograph that received honorable mention in a Miami newspaper photo contest around 1928. The picture of the two kids with buckets is of my Grandma and her sister in Miami. View full size.