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Vintage photos of:
Mystifying chalkwork preserved for the ages on a tiny snapshot. Can someone decipher it? View full size.
1955, Larkspur, California. Our neighbor Mr. Cagwin at age 98. Born 1857 in Joliet, Illinois; as an infant came west via sailing vessel from New York and by litter across the Isthmus of Panama; selling newspapers in Hangtown, California, at age of five when the Civil War broke out; worked at Carson City Mint, then San Francisco Mint at the time of the earthquake; retired in 1922. My brother, doing occasional yard work for the Cagwins at the time, took this Ektachrome slide in their Arts & Crafts style home, which they had built after moving to Larkspur in 1905. View full size.
The trumpet player is my grandfather Ed Prieur. This was taken in the early 20's. The band played before and between the picture shows in downtown Alpena, Michigan. There were two theaters then. View full size.
Easton Pennsylvania Armistice Day Parade Float. A machine gun nest with a Hotchkiss machine gun and German war souviners hanging off the barbed wire posts. Scanned from the original 7.5x9.5 inch print. View full size.
I don’t know anything about these guys but I’d love to join them and their dog for a few shots. Scanned from the original 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
Yet another goofy photo from the box of old negatives that belonged to Grandpa Boothby. Tom and Winnie appeared to have a lot of fun, this time riding around in this comic mobile, with a Red Rider Cartoon festooned upon it. I guess if you can date that cartoon, you can date the photo. It appears to be published via the Oregonian. View full size.