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Vintage photos of:
This goes with the "Stoll Car Bed" sign appearing in the "Free Air, 1920" Shorpy photo. It's my great Uncle, Conrad Volkert, about 1924, on one of his many cross country auto trips. His wife, Jenny, and sister in law, Frieda, also appear in the photo. View full size.
Mowing the lawn was a family experience back then. I really like the car in the back (I'm not a car enthusiast. What kind of car is that?). Why don't cars come in that color anymore? It's kind of funny because the little kid, my father, later grew up to become a chief engineer on tuna boats. This was taken in L.A., early '60s. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.
Scanned from the original 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.
My parents, engaged but not yet married in 1957. Dad was a mechanical engineer (probably working at Allison in Indianapolis at the time), Mom was midway through her college education at St. Mary's of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana. They met on a blind date on New Year's Eve and were married the next September.
Thirty-three years later my wife and I had our wedding reception in the same hall where my parents first met. View full size.
On May 31 I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the opening the Queensborough 59th Street Bridge seen in previous Shorpy posts. The ceremony
provided access to the upper level of the structure by invitation. It became a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand there and take pictures. This one is of the East River, taken from center span. The view is of the buildings along the Manhattan side of the river. We see the FDR Driver passing under the Beekman Place buildings, #1 Beekman Place and to the right of the greenery, the smaller building #17, the former Irving Berlin residence. View full size.
Another photo from my mother in law's collection. Rockland Maine police officer, sometime in the 1920's. Not sure if he was a relative or just wanted to pose for a photo. View full size.
Scanned from the original 5x4 inch glass negative. View full size.