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Vintage photos of:
Service Station at Georgia and Upshur Avenues NW, Washington DC; 2008. Location of the Minute Service Station #2 in 1926. Surprisingly, it appears that the pumps are in the same location 80+ years later. Let's hope they have actually replaced the underground tanks along the way.
April 21, 1955. Inside the Rainbow Market in Larkspur, Calif. After my father sold his store in San Francisco, he worked here in one of our home town's two grocery stores for a few years. That's him in a white apron at the end of the aisle. The exterior of the building can be seen here. My brother also took this shot while he was at it, also on 35mm Tri-X. View full size.
Houses in 400 Block of F Street N.E., photographed in 2008. These same houses (#412, #414, & #416) appear in the 1921 Photograph of a Whistle Beverage delivery truck. The location is directly across the street from the former site of the Whistle Bottling Works. The bottling plant is long gone, but the houses remain. Other then paint and replaced porch columns, little on the houses has changed. #416 even has a flower pot along the right side of the steps in the same place.
622 North Carolina Ave S.E., in the Eastern Market District of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. As seen in 2008, for comparison with 1926 photo. Note the round window, a feature relatively unique in Capitol Hill row-houses. Most, if not all, of the houses in the 1926 photo remain but unfortunately trees and shrubs prevent a good overall street-view comparison.
1940s. Flowers Baking Company of Thomasville, Georgia - marketers of Sunbeam Bread. Name of bread man unknown. View full size.
February 1961. FAPEX, the First Annual Philatelic Exhibition, set up in my bedroom. Obviously taken before opening, as otherwise the exhibit would be obscured by the throngs attending. Or maybe this is one of those time exposures where all the people were moving. Anyway, my stamp collection, enhanced by my 15-year old delusions of grandeur. I still have the stamps, but I wish I had the goose-neck floor lamp and Rocketeer-style illuminated globe. I am still using that bedstead, however, every night. 127 Ektachrome slide.
Oh; there was no Second Annual Philatelic Exhibition.