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Vintage photos of:
Makeshift transportation in western Nebraska around 1933. View full size.
I've always liked this photo of my late Aunt Margaret. I found that the movie whose advertising poster she is standing in front of is promoting a movie titled "The Lady Takes a Flyer," starring Lana Turner and Jeff Chandler. It wasn't until a few minutes ago, though, that I noticed the "Loew's Capital" emblem above the poster. Since there's nothing you can't find out about on the internet, I've just learned that "The Lady Takes a Flyer" premiered at this now-demolished theatre (formerly located at 1328 F Street NW, Washington, DC) the week of February 26, 1958. Must have been a rainy February, given Aunt Margaret's head scarf and umbrella!
1975, Crater Lake, Oregon. A friend, my brother and me, captured during the golden hour. I shot this on 35mm Kodak Vericolor via self-timer. Lighting is everything, isn't it? View full size.
My Great-Aunt Bessy in 1927. Scanned from the original print. View full size. [Who's her friend? - Dave]
The last in the "Luncheonette" group. If you look carefully, there's a Mad Magazine on the shelf (floor level). Enjoy! View full size.
Summer 1972, Lake Tahoe. You'd think, after hearing me rhapsodize about my lifelong obsession with cars, that a) I'd have learned to drive before I was 26, and b) my first car would have been something a bit more spectacular than a 1972 Datsun 1200. That's Nissan to you. Well, I had nice pants, anyway. Not bad for a Polaroid, though scuffed as usual. View full size.