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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Bar room buddies

Bar room buddies

Uncle Wally and his basement drinking buddies, circa 1959. View full size.

Christmas 1959

Christmas 1959

In 1959, my engineer father was, as his expression shows, not happy that a part to my brother's new magic set was not working by late Christmas morning. This was my second picture with the Argus C-Twenty camera I received that day so long ago. For $29.95, the camera kit came with one 20-exposure roll of Kodachrome daylight, six No. 5 blue flashbulbs, plug-in flash gun, and a slide previewer. My parents spent an extra $4.79 for the top-grain leather case. For some reason, they never discarded the Fall-Winter 1959 Montgomery-Ward catalog in which the camera was featured. The catalog is now in my home. The camera served me well through high school, college and beyond. View full size.

Grant Webb and sons

Grant Webb and sons

My maternal great grandfather Grant Webb in the middle, Grant Jr. on the left and Francis on the right. Taken in Los Angeles during WWII. View full size.

Trout for dinner

Trout for dinner

From another series of vacation photos, this one is from a series of photos in Utah. Grandpa had a lot of fishing stories, and I guess some of them were true. View full size.

Market day, 1967

Market day, 1967

Found one of my pictures among Dad's slides, which makes me think this is probably a dupe, not the original. This was shot in the market at Port Lucie, Jamaica, in August, 1967. Available light, shot from the hip. The original and the rest of my slides and negatives seem to have gone missing. View full size

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Grandpa and me

Grandpa and me

Me and Alva Paul LeMay. In less than a month from this photo being taken he was killed by a drunk driver. The story goes he took me everywhere he went and didn't take me the day he was killed by the drunk driver. I would have been in his arms if he took me. I'm still here for a reason I haven't figured out yet. View full size.

Poochie

Poochie

This is "Poochie," the most beloved dog of my childhood. This was my grandmother's dog in Nashville, TN. In the background is May's Hosiery Mill, which a lot of my family worked at. It was on Chestnut Street and this is Martin Street looking toward Chestnut. View full size.

 
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