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The house my dad grew up in not far from where LAX is today. I've found two different addresses for his residence, 9025 Goebel which does not seem to exist anymore, and the 6623 88th ave, which is still around according to Google maps. View full size.
These are my great-aunts and great-uncle (L-R June, Gilbert, and Lorna). I don't know exactly where or when this was taken, but it was likely in the mid to late 1930's in Ontario (I don't know where they were living at the time). View full size.
Jack Holbrooks with his mother, Lucille Holbrooks, at Ft. Jackson, SC, 1966. View full size.
Holbrooks Family Christmas 1964 in Greenville, SC. View full size.
My grandmother (second from right) worked as a seamstress her entire life in various Chicago sweatshops. She was born in 1896, two months after her father died, and left school after the 6th grade to help support her mother. I found this photograph (a mounted copy print) and three other similar images, after her death in 1979.
I work as an archivist with vintage photographs every day, but this one really resonates with me, for obvious reasons. View full size.
This is my brother Paul (right) with a friend, Danny Bergman, who lived four or five houses down the block. It was taken in 1973 on the driveway in front of our house in Huntington Beach, California. I built the "machine gun" for them from spare pieces of PVC, wood and assorted hardware that were lying around in the
My mother-in-law at age 5 (according to writing on the back of the photo) in Rockland Maine, 1954. I figured I would get my wife's relatives photos scanned instead of all my family. View full size.