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My great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was from Chihuahua, Mexico. Her husband, pictured in the locket she's wearing, is my great-grandfather Jose, from Rio De Janiero. Great-Grandma's given name (Rangel?) was written very illegibly on her daughter Rachelita's birth certificate, so we are not sure how to say it or spell it. When Grandmother Rachelita was 2, her father left them -- Rangel had TB and my grandmother got a bad case of rickets. So he thought they were dying. Rangel did die, but Rachelita was rescued. She was given up for adoption to an older Anglo couple. They raised her till she was 16, then she married my Grandfather John. Grandmother Rachelita looks very much like her mother too.
The Wonder-Go-Round made its visit to Dexter, Iowa, thanks to Adkin's Cash Foods and the Wonder Bread people in this 1950s view. It looks like every kid in town turned out to take a spin! View full size
My mother, Lea, with her brother, John, and his Porsche 912 in front of my parents’ house in the Shore Cliffs development of San Clemente, Calif., in 1969 or 1970. Scanned from the original 126 negative. My father was the photographer and the boy in the tree is yours truly! I have just been given boxes upon boxes of negatives and slides that my mother had kept in a closet for all these years. The prints are small, faded and almost colorless now. I hope to find many treasures in the following months. This is my first submission to Shorpy. View full size.
Built in 1930 and looking like any other locomotive, CB&Q #4000 was dressed with a shroud in 1937 and named "Aeolus" (keeper of the wind). I would imagine that during the Depression it was one way to make travel more inviting. The shroud was removed in 1940; she's now on permanent display at Copeland Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin. View full size.
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.