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My father and I are in the picture in front of the gas pump on the right in 1949 when I was five. The Aztec Hotel with its memorable soda fountain was about half way between Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario and Duluth, MN. The main highway is 61 and the turn off at the Aztec is Hwy 1. You would turn here to go to Ely, MN. This drive along Lake Superior is noted for its exquisite scenery. We traveled many times from Fort William to Duluth and Minneapolis on the Greyhound when I was a child. This place burned down many years ago but I remember it well as the Greyhound rest stop with the best cherry cokes around. View full size.
U.S. submarines with mother ship, Fremantle Harbour (Western Australia), 1946. View full size
Here is my collection of Post Cereal pins from the late 1940s and early '50s. They all say Post Grape Nuts Flakes on the back and some are dated as late as 1953. View full size.
The caption on the back reads "Cigarette only 16 months." His parents probably let him play with the cans of lead paint off to the left, too. View full size.
A sword, a spanking, a prayer . . . a fraternity initiation, maybe? All it says on the back is "Rat Life at U.P.I." A good time was had by all, I'm sure. View full size.
This may be the mother or grandmother of Mattie Louise Spain (LeMay). Probably her mother, but everything says "Grandma Spain." Photo is on very thick paper and colored artificially it seems. View full size.
Hattie Cantrell's (probably mis-spelled) new house in Nashville, TN. Hattie (left), Mattie Louise Spain (LeMay) on the right. The date on the back of the photo is August 24 ,1956. The house is still there and Hattie still lives there. View full size.