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Vintage photos of:
The photo was probably taken in the Hudson Valley area of New York, but it is not identified on the photo. It may be some type of May Day celebration, but I'm not sure. May, 1932. View full size.
The D. Earl Comb Christmas parade. Back in the early 30's Mr. Comb ran this parade throughout the Midwest and the southeastern United States.
He bought the parade from Albert H. Thacher for $1,800 - including all animals, costumes and props.
The pictures are from various locations. I've only been able to pinpoint two - one at a very specific corner in Atlanta and the other in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. My favorites are of the parade clowns. I've got a Flickr group that contains all the pictures, stationery and contract for this. I've still got some documents I haven't scanned in yet (like the instructions to running a parade), but hopefully will sometime soon.
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The gentleman on the left and the lady seated in front of him are my grandparents. They immigrated to the US from Hungary. I'm not sure when or where the photo was taken. I was told that my grandmother died during the great flu epidemic around 1918. I think it's interesting how the photographer tried to have a scenic background, but it wasn't quit large enough. I also found the wrapping around the other woman's feet unusual.