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My grandmother (second from right) worked as a seamstress her entire life in various Chicago sweatshops. She was born in 1896, two months after her father died, and left school after the 6th grade to help support her mother. I found this photograph (a mounted copy print) and three other similar images, after her death in 1979.
I work as an archivist with vintage photographs every day, but this one really resonates with me, for obvious reasons. View full size.
This is my brother Paul (right) with a friend, Danny Bergman, who lived four or five houses down the block. It was taken in 1973 on the driveway in front of our house in Huntington Beach, California. I built the "machine gun" for them from spare pieces of PVC, wood and assorted hardware that were lying around in the
My mother-in-law at age 5 (according to writing on the back of the photo) in Rockland Maine, 1954. I figured I would get my wife's relatives photos scanned instead of all my family. View full size.
From a collection of mostly blurry pictures set I think set at Lake Mead, or up behind Davis Dam in Arizona with friends of my grandparents boating. At first seeing this picture I thought it was my dad, except he was a complete non-drinker, looks too young to be my grandpa by this time (late 1960's)so I'm assuming it's one of their friends. Anyway everyone knows booze and boating go hand in hand. View full size.
Every photo needs a caption, please. View full size.
My cousin Stephen hunting Easter eggs at our grandmother's house in Anderson, Indiana. Probably the mid-1950s. Scanned from a 35mm Kodachrome transparency likely taken by our Aunt Lee. View full size.
From an old family scrapbook: "Come to our picnic and egg hunt at Bull Creek bridge Thursday April 17 1930 at 10 oclock." Inola, Oklahoma. View full size.