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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Golfer Dad: 1966

Golfer Dad: 1966

Here's my dad in 1966, the year I was born. I have no comment for this Kodachrome slide. Caption ideas welcome. View full size.

Uncle Don: 1973

Uncle Don: 1973

It's Uncle Don (last seen here 10 years before) in our backyard in Rochester, Indiana. My brother is wearing one of those groovy new smiley face T-shirts. Behind us is "the field" we got to play in and make trails and bike ramps and forts. In the extreme left near the horizon line is a corn field. Next to that is a barn full of tractors and antique cars. As I recall there were some foreign sports cars, too. Kodachrome slide with a date stamp of June 1973. View full size.

I Wanna Easter Egg: 1950

I Wanna Easter Egg: 1950

Looking at the expression on my face , I have to wonder if anything else ever made me quite as happy as finding that Easter egg 59 years ago. Of course, I was easier to please back then. View full size.

Last D.C. Fire Horse

Last D.C. Fire Horse

June 25, 1937. Washington, D.C. A ceremony to place a headstone at Blue Plains for Tom, the last D.C. fire horse. I wonder if anyone knows where at Blue Plains this was. View full size.

The new blacksmith in town

The new blacksmith in town

Thomas Wells, circa 1880. Besides being my Great-great-grandfather, Thomas was the local blacksmith and a farmer in the Bellpointe, Ohio, area. Bellepointe is, or was, a suburb of Columbus and Delaware. This tintype photo was taken at an unknown studio in the area. Notice his trademark cigar. View full size.

Grandfather Mike: 1917

Grandfather Mike: 1917

Here's a great photo of my Grandfather Mike(top right), on the back of a CPR Caboose. He had arrived not too long before this photo was taken from the old country (Czechoslovakia). He was originally laughed at when they saw his small stature but in his broken English said to the fellow doing the hiring that if he could do the same amount of work as the 6-foot-5 Finnish fellow behind him, would they hire him -- and the rest is history. He worked 48 years for the Canadian Pacific Railway right here in Thunder Bay, Ontario, formerly the 2 cities of Fort William and Port Arthur. View full size.

Melvin Garage: 2009

Melvin Garage: 2009

April 5, 2009. The Gulf station in Melvin Village, New Hampshire. Note that the flat-roofed section, although one bay longer, is identical in design to the one in this photo contributed by Don in Va. I'd say that these two buildings have a Gulf Oil architect in common. This garage is the property of John Warner, who is also the proprietor of the Hooterville Airport in Kenney, Illinois. View full size.

 
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