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Father's First Love: 1932

Father's First Love: 1932

His Chrysler. Not sure of the year, but probably a 1930 or 1931. The film fell victim to light fogging, unfortunately, thus no front. Taken by my mother on their honeymoon, October 1932.

She was prone to making occasional remarks about him going out and buying a new car "as soon as he got some money in his pocket." But in truth, over the course of a driving career of nearly six decades, my father bought just five; after this Chrysler was a Plymouth around 1934, a Hudson in 1948 and Ramblers in 1956 and 1966. Not the kind of frequency that would have the automobile industry doing cartwheels, I suspect.

No doubt about it, though, the driver's seat was Father's exclusive domain. After an ill-fated attempt early on to teach Mother how to drive, the matter was laid to rest. None of us three kids learned how until adulthood, and then via driving schools. View full size.

Kingsport School

Kingsport School

Kingsport School, c. 1918, a modern 5-room frame building. The city school for the recently chartered city of Kingsport, Tennessee. A new brick & concrete school building, Kingsport Central would open the next year and this building would be sold to the Presbyterian church. In the background can be seen the twin towers of the First Baptist Church. The towers are gone, but the building is incorporated into today's building. The photograph was probably made by Bachelder Studios, a local photography concern. View full size.

Sunday Best; suburban London, 1934

Sunday Best; suburban London, 1934

Putney, South London, England, 1934. Betty, Jack and little Ian in the garden of my grandparent's house. My Dad went on to fly B17s for RAF Coastal Command 10-12 years later. He's now the only one of his generation of the family still living. View full size.

Auntie Pam in Italy, late fifties

Auntie Pam in Italy, late fifties

My aunt Pamela, who died of viral pneumonia in 1969, shown here on a tour of Italy in about 1959. I can't guess which city - if not Rome it could be Florence. She's in the front row with the plaid dress. A funny lady who I miss today. View full size.

Baby Grace

Baby Grace

My grandmother Grace Webb (as it's noted on the back of the picture), which would make the picture sometime around 1915, though it looks like it is from about 10 years earlier. View full size.

Toronto Santa Claus parade

Toronto Santa Claus parade

1955 Santa Claus Parade - late November - Toronto, Ontario - Canada. View full size.

Wee Kirk O' the Heather 1940's

Wee Kirk O' the Heather 1940's

From grandmother's album. No notes on the back but I'm taking it that these are relatives and with their somber faces likely at a funeral. The church is located at Forest Lawn, Glendale CA.

 
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