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One of my favorite photos of my paternal grandma, probably taken in the late 20's or early 30's. She was either engaged or already married to her first husband (per the ring). What I find most intriguing about this photo is that the back of it is a postcard - unfortunately, we'll never know who she was going to send it to.
Just a fun old picture. Scanned from the original 4x5" print. View full size.
1954 Jalopy Racing in its glory days. Many beautiful coupes and sedans were destroyed for the sake of racing. I was 10 years old at the time and spent every Wednesday with my dad, friends or if you were lucky taken into the pits with a driver. This is Barry K, one of the top dogs at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds here in Fort William, Ontario, now Thunder Bay. The stands would be jammed with hundreds of fans cheering for their favourite drivers. Most race tracks in those days were right in the center of town to the chagrin of many local residents. A steel '32 Ford coupe body today in good condition could bring at least $10,000. How I miss those wonderful times. View full size.
1954. Merv D. and Jim W. tangle in corner #2 with typical cheapskates looking through windows, standing on rooftops or on pickup truck boxes not willing to pay the 25 cents it cost to come in the main gate. Hundreds of fans did, however, to the most entertaining Wednesday nights I had ever enjoyed as a kid in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay). View full size.
Local jalopy driver and fan favorite Louis T(white helmet) is always in some kind of trouble with the judges or with another driver. Photo taken circa 1954 at the CLE fairgrounds track in the middle of town, in Fort William Ontario Canada, now Thunder Bay, Ontario. The best days of my childhood life. View full size.
My great-grandfather on my father's side of the family on the left holding the map, not sure who the person is. This is from a series of pictures when my grandmother was about 6 or 7 and the family went on a road trip to Yellowstone from Burley, Idaho, around 1920. Proves that even back in the early days of motoring, men always refused to ask for directions from strangers, or maybe great-grandpa here is breaking that rule.
Early 1900's Alexander "Sandy" Greig was owner of a Coach for Hire business in Carnoustie, Scotland. All his coaches were of course horse drawn. In this picture the local automobile dealer was trying unsuccessfully to sell him on changing to the new "horseless carriage" Sandy did not trust the new phenonemum phenomenon and stayed with his horses. View full size