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Vintage photos of:
My grandma Elsa Poeschl (nee Wetzel, not married yet) at age 18 in 1929 in Milwaukee. She was always the stylish one. View full size.
This is from an old scratched up negative, but I think it's beautiful. This photo was taken right about 1927, and my husband insists that it was taken by the man on the log, his grandfather Tom Boothby. View full size.
Tom and Winnie when they were young. Photo dates from about 1920. View full size.
Grandpa Tom Boothby loved his cars. I guess back then they didn't have AAA. View full size.
Grandpa Tom Boothby seems to have a lot of photos of himself and his wife Winnie. She had a propensity for odd hats. View full size.
Unfortunately I have no idea where or when this was taken. Because of the resolution the only information I could get from the calendar was that the 1st was on a Thursday and the 31st was on a Saturday. Scanned from a dirty and fragile original 5x7 print. View full size.
The 251 foot Great Lakes steamer Ravenscraig was launched at the Black River yard of the Jenks Ship Building Company in Port Huron, Michigan, sometime in 1900. From this same yard Jenks launched their only passenger ship, the Eastland, in May 1903. In 1915 the Eastland would become infamous when she capsized in the Chicago river with the loss of 844 lives. The Ravenscraig sailed the Great Lakes until 1907 when she was sold for off-lakes use. View full size.