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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Bobcat for supper

Bobcat for supper

My grandfather, Walton Scites (1883-1945), left, and an unknown friend with a freshly-shot bobcat and nosy dog, taken in Lincoln County, West Virginia, probably around 1905. Bobcats must have been pretty common around there. That was the name of the high school team, and also the downtown restaurant. We still have the Marlin 25-20 Rifle that the friend is holding. It hasn't been fired in 70 years or so. View full size.

Tornado destruction II, 1933

Tornado destruction II, 1933

A second view of the destruction from the 1933 tornado in the Cherry Hill section northwest of Kingsport, Tennessee. View full size.

Tornado destruction, 1933

Tornado destruction, 1933

In May of 1933 a tornado raced through the suburbs of Kingsport, Tennessee, leaving a path of death and destruction approximately 20 miles long. This view is from the Cherry Hill section on the northwest side of Kingsport. View full size.

Kid Four-Eyes: 1951

Kid Four-Eyes: 1951

Or, "Smile when you say that, hollyhock!" Me, age 5, in my brother's hand-me-down cowboy hat and vest. I'm pretty sure those are my very own gun and horse, though. And glasses. Taken in what was later our cut flower garden.

Turn it up, c. 1956

Turn it up, c. 1956

I'm going to guess this is 1956 judging from the packet of negatives it was with that seem to date from that year. I don't know who these people are but at first I thought the lady was going to dance but she's probably leaving due to her holding a purse. Look at the awesome tie the guy in the corner has. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.

Teen Mother colorized

Teen Mother colorized

This is a colorized version of Dorothea Lange's 1937 photograph of an 18 year old mother from Oklahoma in a California migrant workers camp. The colorization seems to magnify the harshness of her life, i.e. her hand and the vacant sadness of her eyes.

You can't help but wonder if her life improved with the lifting of the Depression. What happened with her children and grandchildren? View full size.

Migrant Mother colorized, 1937

Migrant Mother colorized, 1937

This is the coloration of Dorothea Lange's iconic 'Migrant Mother' photo. The stark reality of Dorothea's original photograph is actuated by the addition of color, which I think brings out detail not apparent in the black & white original. View full size.

 
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