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Vintage photos of:
Champaign, Illinois. My family making sausage on the farm, in the winter of 1954. The lady in the back, on the right, has obviously just had a great idea. View full size.
Scanned from the original 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
At the Empire State Building in 1939. View full size.
Model of the Steel Pier at Atlantic City with Ford display circa 1940. View full size.
Sixty years have gone by since my father took this picture of me at Riverview Beach Amusement Park, then a popular spot on the Delaware River in southern New Jersey. A lot of things have changed since August 1948, but I still enjoy amusement rides. View full size.
This circa 1930 government photo was made before the U.S. Supreme Court was built, just above the Library of Congress. View full size.
Someone took this Ektachrome slide of my uncle in his newly-acquired MG around 1955, in front of his San Francisco home (on the right). Why the Caddy limo is there, or if it's connected with the event, I don't know; based on the front fender trim, I think it's a '54. Appears to be a registration certificate taped inside the windshield. I presume it's parked facing the wrong way on the street because Cadillac limos get to do that. Next-door neighbor kid seems entranced by the scene, as I would have been. Random red clouds are unexplained as well. View full size.