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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

Dad's Indian: 1950s

Dad's Indian: 1950s

My dad had this awesome Indian motorcycle while he was in high school. He admits it made him popular with the ladies at Maury High in Dandridge, Tennessee. He does, of course, wish he still had it. I do, too! View full size.

Kaiserliche Marine c.1915

Kaiserliche Marine  c.1915

German Torpedo boats and U-Boats. This was possibly taken at the Adriatic seaport of Trieste. Scanned from the original German 9x12cm hand colored glass slide. Unfortunately the bottom 2cm were broken off.

Das Boot c.1915

Das Boot  c.1915

German naval and merchant marine officers on the deck of their U-Boat, possibly at the Adriatic port of Trieste. Scanned from the original German 9x12cm glass slide. View full size.

The Dear Leader: 2008 (?)

The Dear Leader: 2008 (?)

We don't do many current-event photos but I thought this one deserved wider exposure. Yesterday, after weeks of rumors that North Korea's "Dear Leader" had been incapacitated by a stroke, the country's official news agency released what it claims are photos of Kim Jong Il at a recent soccer match. (Their "recentness" supposedly attested to by the fallish foliage in the background; this comes two weeks after an earlier batch of photos showing the pudgy dictator amid lush greenery that was obviously out of season.) Of the relatively few news accounts that actually showed any of the photos (I found them here on Breitbart), most used this one, of Kim seated indoors. The one I thought most interesting was the photo above, of the D.L. greeting an assortment of functionaries whose hovering selves levitate shadowlessly over a stone platform. Eerie, huh? View full size.

Kitty on Sundial

Kitty on Sundial

An adorable photo, from the 1940's I believe, of a Siamese kitten on top of a (birdie) sundial. From my collection of Instant Relatives photos. Wish I knew more about this one.

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

One of my "Instant Relative" photos. Always thought it's a tall pumpkin or gourd he's sitting on, but now am not so sure ... maybe a big rock? Whatever it is, he sure seems to be having fun!

HMCS Ontario at 32 knots

HMCS Ontario at 32 knots

This photo was likely taken in 1950. The cruiser HMCS Ontario was originally HMS Minotaur before being transferred to the Canadian Navy in May 1945. After the war she became a training ship with the Canadian Navy. This photo was clearly taken on or near the bridge of the ship. The caption written on the photo has the name "Antigonish" crossed out and replaced with "Ontario." Since HMCS Antigonish was a single gun River Class frigate while HMCS Ontario mounted nine 6" guns in three turrets, it suggests that the person who wrote the caption wasn't in the Navy, though the photographer clearly was.

 
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