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Vintage photos of:
Montague H. Roberts, original driver from Times Square, of Thomas Flyer in the New York-Paris Race of 1908 (he steered the car to Cheyenne, Wyoming -- had to leave for prior race commitment) seen here in later years, second from left. He was instrumental in the invention of the "Franklin Booster," shown here, a device that assisted locomotives in climbing steep grades. He was the grandfather of my wife, Cindi.
I feel this image is appropriate for my first official Shorpy "Jump the Shark" submission. Me, my father and brother (in the car) at Knott's Berry Farm, August 1964. Shot on 35mm Montgomery Ward brand slide film. View full size.
The living room of our summer house in Guernewood Park, California, after the flood of December, 1955. Back then, this stuff was all considered junky enough for a summer cabin, but they'd be antiques today, particularly the Morris chair in the foreground. The porch swing had been brought inside for winter storage. This was definitely one of those world-of-reality crashes into world-of-childhood events for the 9 year-old me. I shot this on 2-1/4 square Kodacolor.
There's an exterior shot of the flood aftermath in the comments here.
How often do you see a photo from this era that's not posed?
The tall man on the right is my great grandfather Asa Wingate Robson (who died in the 1918 flu epidemic). My great grandmother Ambrozine Almeda is the woman in the darker dress, the taller boy is John Wingate, and the small boy is my grandfather Charles Asa. We don't know who the other folks are.
Taken in Edmonton in 1916 in the backyard of their home 10147 - 114 St.
Notice that there seems to be a person watching from the window of the house in the background on the left.