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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Cashtown Gun Club: 1899

Cashtown Gun Club: 1899

Cashtown Gun Club, Adams County, Pa., 1899. If you look closely at the old gent in the lower left, he's obviously the camp cook. He's holding a pot with a towel which is probably hot coffee. The man to his left must be his helper and he's holding something that appears to be a flask. A good time was had by all.

The caption at the bottom reads: "Cashtown Gun Club in Camp on South Mountain Nov. 28, 1899" South Mountain is actually in Maryland, but not far away.

Cashtown is near Gettysburg and both Union and Confederate troop road through town and stayed at the Inn there which is still open to the public. I've tried to identify the men in the photograph but have had no success. Input welcome.

New York World's Fair: '64 or '65

New York World's Fair: '64 or '65

This is a picture of my mom and her brother at the New York World's Fair. I guess my grandma wanted to get the at much as she could in the photo so my mom and uncle are really far away, but you can see my mom's pretty plaid dress. My grandpa worked for the airlines in Miami, Fla., the now defunct Eastern Airlines. So they were able to get cheap tickets up to New York. When talking about the Fair my mom always mentions seeing the talking Abraham Lincoln robot. View full size.

Miss Eleanor Tierney

Miss Eleanor Tierney

When this pretty lady appeared on Shorpy last year I thought the photo would be a good subject for colorizing. I worked on this during December, really for my own amusement, but with the recent spate of colorized Shorpy images I thought it might be interesting to compare.
I used Adobe Illustrator CS3, NOT your traditional photo-manipulation program, and was aiming for the classic hand-tinted postcard effect, not hyper-realism. View full size.

No smoke, no work

No smoke, no work

My grandfather and neighborhood boy in the Wilson section of Clairton, PA with steel mill in the background. Photograph was taken sometime in the late 50s. Given all the smoke belching out from the stacks everyone must have been working.

My father grew up in here, just up the Monongahela from Pittsburgh. He did not return after getting out of the Marines in 1946. Every summer during the 50s and 60s we would drive up there from Beaufort, SC to visit family. I loved it. Nobody spoke English. Italian on one side of the river (Clairton) and Slovak on the other (my Mom folks lived in McKeesport). Kennywood Park, Forbes Field and the volcanic coke works at Clairton. I loved it and was willing to give up the beach, salt march and clean air for a chance to live in the dirty, smokey air of exotic Clairton. Thank god, this was not to be. View full size.

Pickin' Cotton In Oklahoma, 1895

Pickin' Cotton In Oklahoma, 1895

Grandma Moore and Jay Smiley picking cotton in OK around 1895. I don't know if this was their farm or if they picked cotton on a regular basis. But they seem to enjoy it. View full size.

Dinner With the Neighbors

Dinner With the Neighbors

This was taken at my great grandparents house in LA who are seated at the table (second from left and far right) with some neighbors. They were very close with their neighbors, something I think is missing in many suburbs these days (including my own). Can anyone identify the camera? View full size.

Fourth of July, 1905

Fourth of July, 1905

Another photo from my grandfather, this one taken in Clatskanie, Oregon, on July 4th, 1905. He'd helped to organize the volunteer fire department in this little logging town, and here they all are, dressed up for the Independence Day parade. My Aunt Hazel is seated on the box of the decorated hose wagon, dressed as a water sprite. My grandfather is in the back to her right, wearing a moustache and a white fedora. Aunt Hazel wrote on the back of this photo: "I was making such a mean face because I didn't want my baby sister Hannah in the photo with me." View full size.

 
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