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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Grandmother with Sailboat

Grandmother with Sailboat

This is my grandmother with her sailboat that was hand built by my Great Grandfather (taking the photo) in Homosassa, Florida. Photo taken somewhere around 1918. I have the sailboat and I am working on replacing sails and hardware that were lost over the years.

Dad's 1939 Pontiac

Dad's 1939 Pontiac

This is the car I literally grew up in, having been born in 1940. Dad and Mom kept this car until about 1949 and traded it for a '48 DeSoto. For me it was like losing one of the family. This is in front of our house in Maplewood, Missouri, about 1946. 616 Negative. View full size.

VW Family 1971

VW Family 1971

The VW family of B.C. taken the summer of 71 with my parents and two brothers. These were not the first ones to enter the family nor the last. View full size.

Summer of '44

Summer of '44

My father-in-law, Donald Johns, behind the wheel of his first car, a 1930 Pontiac roadster. His friend Johnny Cuevas is riding shotgun. Taken in Manhasset, NY in the summer of 1944. Note the tilt-out windshield, rumble seat, original wood wheels on the rear, and replacement wire wheels on the front. The passenger side spare was a wood wheel. The car had been purchased that week for $30. View full size.

Emory Morris Jr. c. 1914

Emory Morris Jr. c. 1914

When Grandfather was a lil "Rough Rider." Circa 1914. View full size.

Mother Noreen in 1940

Mother Noreen in 1940

A beautiful photo of my mother Noreen (at 19 years old) taken in the spring of 1940. A year later she married my father John, and two years later she would accompany him to the west coast of Canada in Victoria, B.C., where my dad served as sergeant in the Canadian army. In June of 1944 I would be born out there. They returned to Fort William Ontario(now Thunder Bay) in early 1945 and my Dad was then shipped off to England for another couple of years before the whole thing was over. This is one of my favorite photos of my mother. View full size.

Fins: 1961

Fins: 1961

Big brother and little brother pose in Mom's new 1961 Cadillac. Seems big brother did a little damage. View full size.

 
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