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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Celebrity Look-Alikes

Celebrity Look-Alikes

Okay, in my opinion this woman bears a definite resemblance to Jodie Foster...in the face at least.

Paris Wheel

Paris Wheel

Look closely at the cars on the Ferris Wheel. They're huge--like small train cars almost--exactly what I imagined the cars on the original Ferris Wheel looked like at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. This Ferris Wheel appears to have been located in Paris, according to the writing on the bottom of the photo. I can't be absolutely positive, obviously (if anyone just so happens to be sure of the location, please let me know). According to my estimation (some of the cars are obscured by the building at the bottom), it even has 36 cars, like the original Ferris Wheel.

I read in The Devil In The White City (a fantastic book by Erik Larson) that each of the cars on the original Ferris Wheel weighed 13 tons, bringing the total to about 1 million tons.

Little Red Wagons: 1965

Little Red Wagons: 1965

Diamond Bar, California, August 1965. The owner of the MG across the street isn't having quite as good a day as my niece and nephew. I shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Put Up or Shut Up: 1956

Put Up or Shut Up: 1956

Looks like I've got at least a pair of kings, so I'm pretty happy. Can't quite read my future brother-in-law's expression. He's either wary, amused, or maybe he's just glad that I've grown out of the kick-sister's-boyfriends-in-the-shins phase and now just challenge them to a friendly game of five card draw.

I always liked to have a glass with a finger or two of Pepsi on the table; looked sorta like it could be whiskey and we were in a saloon in a western movie. 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative.

Offense: Escape From The London Stockade

Offense: Escape From The London Stockade

Burglary, 2nd Degree

Burglary, 2nd Degree

In 1912, second degree burglary got you 3 years.

Inuit Family Portrait

Inuit Family Portrait

Notice that the snow goes all the way up toward the top of the window or door frame in the background.

 
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