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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Great Grandpa Moore

Great Grandpa Moore

My great-grandfather Linton B. Moore was very proud of his "silver" flute. So proud, he had his formal portrait taken while holding it. I'd estimate this photo as being taken around 1910, most likely in southern California.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Mom: 1942

Mom: 1942

My mother in North Carolina during WWII. I believe this was taken in the spring of 1942 somewhere near Camp Lejeune, where my father was stationed prior to shipping out to the South Pacific. They were married that February in Dillion, S.C. Looks like Mom was wearing some type of work uniform.

Great-Granddad

Great-Granddad

Charles G. Prossig, my great-great maternal grandfather. Born in Germany in 1829, he migrated to the US in 1849 and fought in the Civil War. He left two journals he kept during the war (including the battle at Gettysburg), his enlistment papers, military papers, discharge papers, an autobiography and an article in an IL paper about himself all which I have in my possession. He was married after the war and had six children, four of whom died young. My great-great grandmother died having the last child, which died that day also.

Just Ridin' a Beaver

Just Ridin' a Beaver

This was taken in Eastern Montana around 1927-29. Mary, my grandmother riding the beaver, was born in 1924. Not absolutely sure of her age in the photo. Aunt Del is hanging out hamming it for the photo.

Why You Shouldn't Hold A Chicken Up To Your Face

Why You Shouldn't Hold A Chicken Up To Your Face

My great-grandpa, George Gingerich, with a favorite chicken. Seconds after this photo was taken, the chicken pecked him in the eye and he had to wear a bandage for three months (he kept his sight).

Grandma at 16

Grandma at 16

My grandma, Marian Brown (nee Gingerich), at 16. She died at age 50 in 1986 of lung cancer. This is one of my favorite photos of her. She was beautiful inside and out, and this photo really seems to capture the grace and gentleness that she always had about her.

SP Cab-Forward

SP Cab-Forward

Arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles. Southern Pacific was unique in its use of the massive cab-forward design, intended to keep crewmen cooler and awake while traversing the numerous tunnels on many of the Line's routes.

The picture is from the late 40s or early 50s.

Photographer: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

 
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