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I picked up this "instant relatives" pic at an antique shop in Southern California a number of years ago. Just couldn't pass up these handsome gents... for only 25 cents! Am guessing it was taken in the 1950's, but any info on the who, where & when for this photo would be greatly appreciated. View full size.
My dad had this awesome Indian motorcycle while he was in high school. He admits it made him popular with the ladies at Maury High in Dandridge, Tennessee. He does, of course, wish he still had it. I do, too! View full size.
German naval and merchant marine officers on the deck of their U-Boat, possibly at the Adriatic port of Trieste. Scanned from the original German 9x12cm glass slide. View full size.
We don't do many current-event photos but I thought this one deserved wider exposure. Yesterday, after weeks of rumors that North Korea's "Dear Leader" had been incapacitated by a stroke, the country's official news agency released what it claims are photos of Kim Jong Il at a recent soccer match. (Their "recentness" supposedly attested to by the fallish foliage in the background; this comes two weeks after an earlier batch of photos showing the pudgy dictator amid lush greenery that was obviously out of season.) Of the relatively few news accounts that actually showed any of the photos (I found them here on Breitbart), most used this one, of Kim seated indoors. The one I thought most interesting was the photo above, of the D.L. greeting an assortment of functionaries whose hovering selves levitate shadowlessly over a stone platform. Eerie, huh? View full size.