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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

French Refugees – 1919

French Refugees – 1919

Refugees returning home to the area of Vimy Ridge. Photo taken by a Captain in the Red Cross in April 1919. Scanned from the original 3x4 inch negative. View full size.

World War 1 Aftermath – 1919

World War 1 Aftermath – 1919

Photo taken by a Captain in the Red Cross in the area of Vimy Ridge. Scanned from the original 3x4 inch negative. View full size.

Jensen Triplets circa 1912

Jensen Triplets circa 1912

My grandfather Harold Jensen along with his brother and sister, Holger and Hilga, were born on October 19, 1909. Multiple births were a big deal back then and the triplets were minor celebrities in and around their hometown of Cozad, NE, having their pictures taken many times during their childhoods. All three lived well into adulthood. They are gone now, but I'd like to wish them all a happy 99th birthday!

I find this photo not only interesting because of the main subjects, but because I suspect they were 3 or 4 years old when this photo was taken, and you can see that the main mode of transportation was still horse and buggy - except for what appears to be a biplane just above the head of the child on the left.

The image I scanned from, although very sharp is only 3¾ x 2¼ inches on the front of a 5½ x 3½ "postcard." I sure wish I had the glass negative for it! I just know there's a lot of lost detail!

Here is a closeup of what I believe is a biplane.

The Plane in Maine c.1933

The Plane in Maine c.1933

Scanned from the original 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

Our First Tow Truck

Our First Tow Truck

Brainerd's Garage, Stony Creek, CT. Our first wrecker, a 1911 Pope Hartford dragging in two very tired looking Model T Fords. Taken sometime in the early 1920's the garage looks the same today although we no longer do our own towing.

And Now the News: 1956

And Now the News: 1956

November 23, 1956, Larkspur, Calif. My brother reading The San Francisco News, at the time one of four dailies published in the city. He's home on Thanksgiving break from Cal Poly, where he'd just taken up the pipe. It's the day after, actually, and we're hosting a big crowd of relatives, hence the kitchen chair in the living room for overflow dinner seating. In the upper right corner on top of the TV cabinet I see my coin collection, ready for me to show off to my uncles and anybody else I can waylay. At the lower left, an item familiar to just about anybody who grew up in the 50s, an anodized aluminum tumbler. The magazine rack has a Coronet, a Life, undoubtedly some Saturday Evening Posts. To prove we're in California, a souvenir redwood wishing well coin bank on the window seat, along with my mother's African violets in their occasional living state. My sister snapped this Kodachrome slide with brother's Lordox. View full size.

Scenic Point

Scenic Point

It's hard to tell if this mysterious trio is sitting on the rocks at the base of the cliff or if they're on a raft. I have no idea who they are or why they're out there.

 
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