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Vintage photos of:
My father, taken about four and a half months before his division, the 84th Infantry, embarked for Europe. The 84th entered combat in November 1944 and fought in three campaigns until V-E Day. T5 Jensen ended the war as a Master Sergeant and earned the Bronze Star. View full size.
Another New Jersey luncheonette circa 1955-1957. View full size.
Mom is posed on left. Stamped on back "Oct 14 1956 Duluth News-Tribune".
Thinking about that kid punching game where you trick someone into looking at your fingers making an "O" - I keep feeling a giant is about to punch my shoulder.
This is a photo of the original faded glossy so sorry about the quality.
One of my brother's high school classmates. With his Rolleicord, cable release, tripod, light meter and box of Sylvania Superflash flashbulbs, he's obvioulsly the school's go-to guy for photography. The white thing hanging on the tripod is a program for the senior play, "George Washington Slept Here," and he's here in the gym/auditorium to shoot a dress rehearsal. So's my brother, unofficially, with a roll of Ektachrome in his camera. This is a double-exposure, first shot without flash, explaining the phantom images around the bulbs and on the flash unit mount. Doesn't explain why there's a roll of Life Savers in the flash unit, though. Does add a little color interest to it, however. Oh, and I love his clothes, seriously. View full size.
Back in October 1956, my brother shot this Ektachrome slide to show the construction of the new Engineering Building at Cal Poly, and a student parking lot just happened to be in the foreground. Today it looks like a vintage car rally. For extra points: spot the Corvette. View full size.