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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Great-Uncle John, 1918

Great-Uncle John, 1918

My great-uncle, John Betsch, who was born in 1894, and enlisted in the US Army in 1918. He only made it as far as Camp Custer, Michigan, where he was attached to Company K, 10th Infantry. He contracted the Spanish Influenza and died on October 10, 1918. View full size.

Buckhorn Cutoff - Aspen 1963

Buckhorn Cutoff - Aspen 1963

This is the "Cutoff" to the Buckhorn trail near the top of Ajax. It goes with the other Aspen winter 1962-63 pics submitted earlier. This favorite one was saved in a different place and I just now found it. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

First Landing At Hooterville

First Landing At Hooterville

This May 1928 photo shows a young Red Irwin, standing between his parents Minnie and Wilbur, after having made the first airplane landing at Hooterville Airport. Red is wearing a white muslin flight suit and cotton flight helmet. He's flying a 1918 Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" with an OX-5 water cooled engine. The Jenny was two place and cruised around 95-100 mph. The straight blade propeller is commonly known as a toothpick prop.

Spring 1963

Spring 1963

My mother and me, Reading, England in the spring of 1963. Note she has the same 60's style glasses as can be seen in http://www.shorpy.com/node/5988 Mum turned 70 this year. View full size.

Minneapolis 1908

Minneapolis 1908

The buildings on the left were razed in the 80s for a ghastly development called “City Center,” which wasn’t as imaginative as its name. The retail portion struggled for decades to fail, and finally succeeded. The sliver of white stone on the right was Donaldson’s, a department store that eventually moved into City Center, where it the brand died in a merger. (The old building was demolished for an attractive Cesar Pelli-designed retail / office complex.) Down the street on the right, it’s the Syndicate Building, later the home of Penney’s. (It was torn down for a retail / office complex.) In the distance, the pointy tower of the remarkably ungainly Minnesota Loan and Trust Building, a 49-foot-wide building that stood until 1920 before it was clawed down for a new Woolworth's.

Everything here is gone except for the light-colored building in the middle. It still bears its original name: Andrus. It’s an office complex. No retail. View full size.

New Year's Eve 1956

New Year's Eve 1956

December 31, 1956 (or January 1, 1957). A party my brother, then 19, went to. Other than recognizing a couple family friends, that's all I know about this Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Chevy Baby: 1963

Chevy Baby: 1963

Circa 1963. I'm not sure what's worse: that my brother is in the front seat or the metal baby seat itself, hooked to the seatback of the car. View full size.

 
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