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The picture is from a negative I recently found in my aunt's estate. It shows my grandfather visiting my Uncle Hermann at basic training about 1942. Granddad was a mechanical engineer who emigrated to the US from Germany in 1907. Hermann was also a mechanical engineer who returned from his service to raise a family of five. Many years later Hermann designed and patented the Jenn-Air indoor grill. View full size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.