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Vintage photos of:
My maternal great grandparents' grocery store in Leipzig Germany. My great grandfather and great aunt in front of the store, and my great grandmother and grandmother peeking through the window above.
Shot as a postcard by "Leipziger Bromsilber Postk.-Fabrik BROMOPHOT, H.Jahn, L.-Kl.-Zschocher, Bahnhofstrasse 4. View full size.
My maternal great grandfather Karl Agotz answers the call of King and Country. At the time he was 37 years old, with a successful business, a wife and two daughters. Look carefully at the expression on his face and see if you read into his thoughts and emotions. Surprisingly enough he survived the Great War and returned home to his family. View full size.
My sweet grandmother Effie Mae. View full size.
Same building as the last image, but Joe Frank Flowers is gone...and it looks like the Cozy Restaurant didn't last long, either. The building is now known as the Lorraine Hotel. View full size.
Unknown building, unknown town. Anybody recognize it? View full size.
Well, it's vacation time, and what better destination than the beach in 1960? My brother snapped me and his Cal Poly college chum Bob (who you may recall from Christmas Special) along the Russian River at Guernewood Park, California in July of that year, just one month before my 14th birthday. I believe my exceptionally stylish swim trunks are 1940s vintage hand-me-downs from my father. Hair by beach towel. 35mm Kodacolor negative. View full size.
Photo of my great-great-grandfather, Charles Cunningham, and great uncle. (I think it's Charley Cunningham, though no one remembered to note names on the old photos.) My guess is that this dates from the teens and was taken somewhere in Northern California. I'll guess that Charley is a Boy Scout, but I'll bet someone else can identify the uniform better.
Charley's family lived in the South-of-Market area of San Francisco, but after getting chased out by the Great Earthquake and Fire, moved up to Vallejo to live with the grandparents until the city rebuilt. They ended up in the Mission and finally Castro District of San Francisco back when those neighborhoods were solidly Irish.
Charles emigrated from Ireland in the 1860's, so he must have shook his head at how different life was for his grandchildren in the modern United States. Everyone looks upstanding and proper here, but I've got another photo of Charles and his wife laughing as they try not to fall out of a hammock. Even Victorian-era grandparents laughed and acted silly. View full size.