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

Jekyll and Hyde 101

Jekyll and Hyde 101

Unfortunately I have no idea where or when this was taken. Because of the resolution the only information I could get from the calendar was that the 1st was on a Thursday and the 31st was on a Saturday. Scanned from a dirty and fragile original 5x7 print. View full size.

Launch of the Ravenscraig: 1900

Launch of the Ravenscraig: 1900

The 251 foot Great Lakes steamer Ravenscraig was launched at the Black River yard of the Jenks Ship Building Company in Port Huron, Michigan, sometime in 1900. From this same yard Jenks launched their only passenger ship, the Eastland, in May 1903. In 1915 the Eastland would become infamous when she capsized in the Chicago river with the loss of 844 lives. The Ravenscraig sailed the Great Lakes until 1907 when she was sold for off-lakes use. View full size.

Favorite Diversion

Favorite Diversion

No caption provided. View full size.

CCC Workers?

CCC Workers?

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Three friends supporting WWII

Three friends supporting WWII

Close friends from the 1942 class of Isaac E. Young High School in New Rochelle, New York. Robert McKenna, Richard Thoren and Manvel Schauffler prepared to support the WWII effort early in 1944.

Bob fought with an armored division in Europe, Dick worked in a defense plant machining engine components for the Army Air Force, and Schauff served on landing craft during invasions in the Pacific.

Later in life Bob was a professional engineer involved in constructing power plants, Dick died soon after the war of rheumatic fever, and Schauff became a renowned educator of children as a teacher and administrator.

Sanitation Workers: 1940s

Sanitation Workers: 1940s

Chicago sewer department workers in the late 1940s. The man kneeling in the middle is my grandfather. That is all I know about this picture. View full size.

Great-Uncle John, 1918

Great-Uncle John, 1918

My great-uncle, John Betsch, who was born in 1894, and enlisted in the US Army in 1918. He only made it as far as Camp Custer, Michigan, where he was attached to Company K, 10th Infantry. He contracted the Spanish Influenza and died on October 10, 1918. View full size.

 
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