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New York circa 1910. Fifth Avenue at 25th Street looking north. From a collection of found nitrate negatives. The corner signpost shows Fifth Avenue and 25th street if you zoom in. The store on the left is Caswell Massey and Co., which had a 202 Fifth Avenue branch. I'm guessing the date because many of the photos in the collection are views of the Metropolitan Life tower and vicinity - 23rd Sreet Madison Square. The tower was the tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913 and might have attracted the attention of a photographer when it was new. The dress and vehicles in the photo put it before 1920, I think. View full size.
My nephews and I celebrating my Native American themed birthday. It's spring of 1964 in North Carolina as noted by the jonquils on the table. Kodachrome slide taken with my father's Kodak Automatic 35 camera. View full size.
Can anyone identify this dam? This photo is one of a trio purchased in northern California. I get dizzy just looking at the staircases clinging to the side of the cliff on the right. View full size.
Me, approx. age 2 in 1957, Laurel, Mississippi. The Masonite plant looms in the background. View full size.
This may have been an entry for a promotional contest held by Hance Bros. & White in the fall of 1894. The Grand Prize was $1000. 5x8 glass negative. View full size.
This is my dad, John Balvin in 1949 during the Berlin Airlift. I love this shot. It looks so "Hollywood." Great light. Great man. I don' know who took it or what format. I just love it. View full size.
1932. Wertz Field, just outside Charleston, W.Va., served as its airport long before Kanawha (now Yeager) was built. My uncle Oral Hamrick is standing with arms folded in front of his plane, "National Commander." The owner, Louis Johnson, was Secretary of War during WWII. Six months after this photo was taken, Oral was killed when the plane crashed in a snowstorm. View full size.