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Vintage photos of:
My great-great grandma Keeler, next to her daughter Portia, who is playing the organ. It's August 1960, Miami. She looks like she's having fun. View full size.
This photo of the Sidney Ohio Cycling club was taken in about 1895. The man in the center is my great grandfather, Burt Heck who left the original to me. At the height of its activities, the club had several dozen members. These guys would cycle 40 miles on a Sunday morning.
Some interesting details are the date 1877 engraved on the roof peak of the house in the background and the kid on the far left trying to get into the picture. Also there are 19 riders and 20 bikes which suggests the photographer was one of the group.
The original print is a very high resolution. I have a poster size print on my wall and it looks fantastic. View full size.
How did we manage to get a church in our back yard, you may ask? Because it's only about 18 inches tall. It's modeled (so to speak) after Alice in Wonderland's church in Disneyland's Storybook Land, which I was fascinated with. I started my version on my own in the early 60s, but by this time I'd gotten an equally model-mad friend involved and we built this. By then I had the to-scale landscaping down, including Irish and Scotch moss for grass-like ground cover. I also had the Seven Dwarfs' cottage plus Toad Hall and Moley's house from Wind in the Willows, likewise patterned after those in the Disneyland ride. Subsequent owners of our place let all my miniature trees grow, and now they're gigantic. View full size.
A short trip to Rome with an organized tour. Our US Navy ships were docked at Taranto Italy and a 300 mile train ride got us here. Front row, third from left is yours truly (urcunina). I have not been in contact with any of these guys until recently when the third from right contacted me and sent the picture. The only other one I can name is first row, far right. The average age here is about 23. Three not in uniform are officers, and one is in uniform with the SP armband. Shore Patrol. I imagine that there were many of these tours and photographs made over the years.
Anyone remember being there? View full size.
My grandmother's brother Francis Webb is 3rd from the right, middle row in this picture. They are wearing bands that say SP, not sure if this stood for Staff Police, but I am thinking it's some kind of military police group. View full size.