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My dad around 8 years old or so, which would make this around 1946. He's in the back row on the right. My Aunt Susan is second from left, front row. Not sure exactly where it was taken other than somewhere in Los Angeles. I am thinking the other kids are cousins but I don't know their names. Or just friends. Just amazed you can get a group of kids to sit still while you snap a picture of them. I'd love to have the car in the background. View full size. [Where is this? - Dave]
Recently acquired photo. WWI donations. View full size.
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.