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

Fourth of July, 1887

Fourth of July, 1887

This family photo was taken on July 4th, 1887. My grandfather is seated on the floor at front left. That's his helpful dog next to him holding a hammer in its mouth. He was twenty years old in 1887, but he was already a contractor and this was his crew. The building they were constructing was the AT&SF train station at San Dimas, California. View full size.

Building the Arch, 1965

Building the Arch, 1965

This was taken in August of 1965; as you can see in the background the St. Louis Arch is being build. I got this picture from my great Aunt Regina's scrap book. She lived in East St. Louis; the girl in the picture is my mom. View full size.

Edward Blankman: 1913

Edward Blankman: 1913

My grandfather Edward Blankman in front of his house in Canton, New York, about 1913. View full size.

A tall bike for a short kid, 1895

A tall bike for a short kid, 1895

This kid is named Jay Smiley and walking in the back is Jim Smiley. Jay and Jim must have been out for a bike ride in Shelby, Ohio, where the picture was taken. The year is around 1895. View full size.

Four Generations: 1902

Four Generations: 1902

From left to right is May Meek-age 65,Ann Keeler-47, John Kline- 6 months, and Mae Kline-19. This was taken in 1902 in Shelby, Ohio. That's four generations, and May Meek looks likes she's on the older end of 65. Mae Kline looks pretty hot...for a mom. I think May is a distant grandma. View full size.

Li'l Darlin's: 1955

Li'l Darlin's: 1955

Thanksgiving Day, 1955 My cousin's wife cuddles her baby, her father cuddles her doggie, Fifi, at our dining room table. Pumpkin pie remains on the plate show the meal's over, so no, Fifi was not a guest for dinner itself. I wonder how our own dog, Missie, felt about this interloper being allowed in the dining room when she was always restricted to the kitchen. Those were always my favorites of my mother's curtains, but photos show that by 1958 they'd been replaced with some boring ones. Kodachrome slide by my brother. View full size.

VW in germany 1961

VW in germany 1961

Agfa Isolette , Adox R17. View full size.

 
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