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For 50 years I was completely unaware of the existence of this 1957 photo of me, my grandmother, mother and father until a chance event unearthed it in Italy two years ago. My brother and sister, visiting our father and grandmother's home town of Murialdo, near Genoa, mentioned my grandmother's maiden name to some townspeople, one of whom said, "Oh, maybe that's Luigi. He's usually having coffee down at the trattoria about now." Turns out that Luigi was my grandmother's grandnephew, and he had a cache of photos she'd been sending to the old country since the 1920s. This was one of them. Last year, Luigi's son and daughter-in-law visited us on their honeymoon trip to the States. Shot was taken in Calpella, California. Special guest star: our 1956 Rambler. Scanned from a digital copy of a Kodacolor print. View full size.
May 1935. Ed Woods in his Our Lady of Lourdes school uniform, West 143rd St. New York City, on Confirmation Day. View full size.
Scanned from a print dated March 23, 1937. Colorized! View full size.
Anne Lee Patterson (Miss Northern Kentucky). She won her title in Galveston, Texas. Actress Dorothy Lamour was her first runner-up. She then went on to take second place in the 1931 Miss Universe pageant and joined the cast of the Ziegfeld Follies 1932 revival of “Showboat”. Scanned from the original Eastman Kodak nitrate negative. View full size.
This is my great-great grandpa and grandma Keeler in Miami around 1960. He just had a stroke. Grandpa Keeler was a doctor who brought his family to Miami from Perry, OK, by automobile in 1914, which his daughter, my great grandmother, chronicled in her diary. And according to my grandmother, his granddaughter, he was the first one in Perry, OK, to have glass windshields on his car. Another interesting story involving him is he was addicted to morphine; so for a week he went into his garage and didn't leave until he was sober. I wonder what he did in there. View full size
Just a couple of kids in a tub. It was taken in the early 1900s in Perry, OK. A least one of the kids is apart of the Keeler family. View full size.