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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

Party Animals

Party Animals

My grandpa Frank on the left, sometime in the 60's. Halloween party or just been drinking too much, I don't know. Not sure either what he would think of me putting up this picture on the Internet. Note back in the days when beer came in tin cans and the Tareyton cigarettes reference (though it's reversed here).

My Dolly

My Dolly

My aunt Susan, around two years old. According to my dad when he was alive, their neighborhood is now Parking Lot C for LA International Airport, which I believe since their street address of 9025 Goebel Avenue does not show anywhere on Google Maps to exist (I confirmed this from their WW2 food ration books I have saved). Or the street was renamed? Can anyone ID the car in the background?? View full size.

Ol Sparkplug

Ol Sparkplug

My aunt and my dad as kids (obviously) running around the front yard pretending to be a horse. Since this takes coordination of two people, I imagine they didn't play too much in this.

The Toyopet Kid: 1960

The Toyopet Kid: 1960

In answer to countless requests for photos of 13-year-old boys smoking pipes while driving the automobile ultimately to be called the Toyota, I hereby submit this 35mm Kodacolor negative my brother took in January 1960. Full disclosure: it's my brother's unlit pipe and I'm not driving. I'm in a parked 1960 Crown Custom at Hil Probert's Toyopet dealership in Larkspur, California. That's our house up the hill at the top right. Note the special bonus for fellow Shorpy obsolete car make aficionados. View full size.

Queen of the Road: 1963

Queen of the Road: 1963

Here's the companion photo to the 1963 road trip to Canada last seen here at the roadside breakfast picnic table. This time it's Mom's turn at the Coleman, but no note about which meal or where this was. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Punchin' Judy B-17

Punchin' Judy B-17

Photo taken of Clarence "Shorty" Hawkins in front of aircraft #43-39093 at Army Airforce Base in Knetteshall England 1944, 388th Heavy Bombardment Group H.
This aircraft survived the war and was flown back to the states where it was sold for scrap.

Mystery Carrier

Mystery Carrier

I'm really looking for some help with this one. The caption that was one the original photo says "American Carrier, 1950." The trouble is that it's not an American carrier at all, if for no other reason than the fact that there's a White Ensign flying on the fantail (there are other indicators as well). The photo was one of a series that was taken near Victoria B.C. and the most obvious guess - that this is the Canadian carrier HMCS Magnificent - is also a wrong guess since Magnificent was based out of Halifax on the east coast. Clearly then this was a British carrier, possibly on the way to Korea, but what ship?

 
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