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Vintage photos of:
Senior Honor Society students from the 1952 class of Pierre S duPont HS in Wilmington DE, during their trip to Washington DC in April of that year. From left to right: Karl M Buretz, Don Williamson, Dorothy Clarkson (?), Carole Brumbaugh, Norma Anderson, Alison Almy, Richard A Chilcutt, John Karomfily. Photographer: John Strassburger
Rochester, Indiana, 1972. This might fit in with the other Shorpy photos of newsies. Okay, maybe if not for the clean clothes. And the obviously stable home environment. And how my brother didn't have to work long hours. And I don't think he had trouble with the cops on his route, either. Or even rival news carriers who wanted to beat him severely. View full size.
My sisters with their super cool Oriental hats. Later, the yellow one flew out the window on the turnpike and its former owner could not understand why Dad couldn't turn around and pick it up. Kodachrome slide. View full size.
My sisters with Dad at the 1964 New York World's Fair. View full size.
Barbie was made out to be some sort of vixen on those carrying cases, huh? View full size.
Summer 1948. I just turned 2, and my sister arranged this scene on our lawn in Larkspur, California. Kodacolor negatives of this vintage had a tendency to deteriorate into an impenetrable murk, so all we have left are the prints. Those, unfortunately, all acquired an intense and irregular yellow cast, but I was able to correct most of that out.