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Vintage photos of:
1942 Kodachrome (Andreas Feininger) before & after correction. View full size.
My uncle (Robert Smith) poses in a small wagon harnessed to a goat during 1926 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. An unknown traveling photographer armed with the wagon and goat must have gone from door-to-door charging a fee to take such pictures because local photo archives contain similar pictures showing different children posing with the very same wagon and goat during the 1924-1926 time period.
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Dad (right) and his friend Gigi (John) Gori standing outside the beer garden run by Gigi's sister Toni in downtown Wilson, PA. I believe this photograph was taken in 1939 shortly before they joined the Marine Corps in January 1940. If so, they would have been 18 years old. In the fall of 1939, Gigi and Dad decided that they would join the Army. So they made it down to the recruiting station in Pittsburgh. For some reason Gigi was not allowed in. So much for that plan until they saw a recruiting poster for the Marines. The poster showed a Marine in dress blues sitting on a horse.