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Vintage photos of:
1955 and 2002 (OK, so it's not quite "now"). A gag shot my brother and I arranged with an empty beer can found nearby, and a reenactment shot by my sister 47 years later. The building is the shell of the c. 1894 Limerick Inn in Larkspur, California. View full size.
December 16, 1963. Fire destroys the old gymnasium at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Arson suspected. The building had already been condemned for public assembly and was scheduled for demolition. In a way, the beginning of the end of the mission revival architecture of this institution, of which nothing remains on the present campus. Also: 1960 Thunderbird; vintage Van Pelt fire engine, but I can't identify the original truck make. Plus a really vintage, even for 1963, pedestrian signal at the extreme left. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.
1967. Grandpa Leonard Hermonson and his 1936 Plymouth. Originally it was my Great Aunt Ella's; she gave it to my grandfather when she could no longer drive. This picture was taken in Rockford, Illinois, by a photographer for The Labor News. The publication ran a short story about my Grandpa and the car. View full size.
Here's a picture of my grandpa, Leonard Hermonson, and one of his many cars. I'm thinking it's a Ford because of the oval on the radiator housing. From looking at the tag, he would have been around 25 when the picture was taken. I love cars. My dad says that I get the "gas in my veins" from my grandpa.