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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT, WWII

Swift and Co. Meat Packing Girls

Swift and Co. Meat Packing Girls

These are some of the gals of Swift and Co. factory workers. The picture was taken in the late fifties or early sixties at the Swift and Co.'s meat packing plant in East St. Louis. My great-grandma Josie is in there somewhere. She worked as a hot dog stuffer. View full size.

Little Annie

Little Annie

This is Ann Spach in the early to mid of 1930s. I knew her as Granny Annie. Maybe because it was the depression or perhaps it was the humid Miami heat but many of her childhood photos show her as a serious kind of gal. View full size.

Watermelon seed spitting contest

Watermelon seed spitting contest

That is some good looking watermelon! I'm not exactly sure who these kids are; but they're in Perry, Oklahoma, and it's the late 1890s or very early 1900s. I found this photo in my collection from my Granny Annie, so at least one of the kids has the last name of Keeler. It reminds me of a song she taught me...
Fried chicken is mighty mighty fine
But nothing could be finer than a watermelon rind
So plant a little watermelon on my grave
And let the juice (slurrp)
Trickle through!
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Timofei and Daria Rishkov 1910

Timofei and Daria Rishkov 1910

These are my mother's mother's parents around 1910, taken in Russia. I don't know much about them but with all the furs they are wearing they must have been well off or it was cold in the studio. I have very few photos from my mother's side of the family. View full size.

First Holy Communion - 1948

First Holy Communion - 1948

First Holy Communion - 1948 - St. Maurice Church, New Britain, Connecticut. Photo taken by my Father - that's me, fourth from left, second row. Kids in photo were all 7/8 years old. View full size.

Kolonialwaren : 1908

Kolonialwaren : 1908

My maternal great grandparents' grocery store in Leipzig Germany. My great grandfather and great aunt in front of the store, and my great grandmother and grandmother peeking through the window above.

Shot as a postcard by "Leipziger Bromsilber Postk.-Fabrik BROMOPHOT, H.Jahn, L.-Kl.-Zschocher, Bahnhofstrasse 4. View full size.

Answering the call of King and Country

Answering the call of King and Country

My maternal great grandfather Karl Agotz answers the call of King and Country. At the time he was 37 years old, with a successful business, a wife and two daughters. Look carefully at the expression on his face and see if you read into his thoughts and emotions. Surprisingly enough he survived the Great War and returned home to his family. View full size.

 
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