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Vintage photos of:
July 1967, Kings Canyon National Park, California. My mother, brother and father around the campfire, photographed in Kodachrome by the light of a Coleman lantern. Bonus: antique enameled coffeepot. View full size.
August 15, 1955. My ninth birthday. In answer to my request, we had turkey with all the trimmings. I'm pretending to carve. The camera this was taken with was probably a birthday present, thereby starting me on my road to photographic immortality. Poetic justice that the shot's out of focus. Gobble gobble.
I don't know who they are, what school this is, or what grade they're in. Graduating from elementary school, maybe? View full size.
Makeshift transportation in western Nebraska around 1933. View full size.
I've always liked this photo of my late Aunt Margaret. I found that the movie whose advertising poster she is standing in front of is promoting a movie titled "The Lady Takes a Flyer," starring Lana Turner and Jeff Chandler. It wasn't until a few minutes ago, though, that I noticed the "Loew's Capital" emblem above the poster. Since there's nothing you can't find out about on the internet, I've just learned that "The Lady Takes a Flyer" premiered at this now-demolished theatre (formerly located at 1328 F Street NW, Washington, DC) the week of February 26, 1958. Must have been a rainy February, given Aunt Margaret's head scarf and umbrella!
1975, Crater Lake, Oregon. A friend, my brother and me, captured during the golden hour. I shot this on 35mm Kodak Vericolor via self-timer. Lighting is everything, isn't it? View full size.