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V-J Day Block Party: 1945

V-J Day Block Party: 1945

Lots of streets in New York City had block parties to celebrate the end of World War II. This picture was taken on 46th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue in the old area known as Hell's Kitchen. That was one street away from the piers where the soldiers and sailors used to land when they came home from the war.

Gramps' business

Gramps'  business

This was my grampa's business in Yakima, Wash. He sold coal and wood for heating. He was in business until about 1968. On the side of the truck is the conveyor belt to unload coal into underground bins.

Hunters in Hanover, Michigan

Hunters in Hanover, Michigan

Eight men and seven deer about 1895 in Hanover, Michigan.

Back Row Left to Right
1.Wells W. Dew (b.1848, d.1933)
2.Bill Preston
3.Barney Ramsdell
4.George Buell
5.A.B.Sanderson (Albert Edwin Thompson Sanderson, b.1867, d.1921)

Front Row Left to Right
1.Ralph Sanderson (b.1874, d.1957)
2.Will H. Sanderson, Jr. (b.1852, d.1933)
3.Doc. Hathaway (medical doctor in Hanover, Michigan)

Ralph and A.B Sanderson are cousins. Will Sanderson is the father of Ralph and uncle to A.B. Sanderson.

Family or Church Gathering

Family or Church Gathering

The photograph was made about 1920 in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I would like to have comments about the picture and its possible origin. I found it with my family photographs, without any identification as to the name of the group. It does not seem to be a picnic as there is no food shown. People of all ages shown. Brownie held camera shown in right front row. Men generally have shirts and ties. Church group? Maybe. - Robert Edward McKenna

A Hunter Home from the Hills

A Hunter Home from the Hills

Royal Ernest Bibbins of Bridgeport, Connecticut, ready to hunt with heavy clothing, derby, boots, dog and rifle circa 1890. I never realized my grandfather was a hunter, but here he is all set to go. - Robert Edward McKenna

Grandma's Wedding

 Grandma's Wedding

One of the only photographs of my grandmother, who died at the age of 30 in 1930. She was in her teens when she was married. My grandfather, seated on her right, is about 23. Notice the medals on the women. We do not know what they are for, perhaps a Polish custom of the time.

After the Baseball Game

After the Baseball Game

After a baseball game the Raybestos Company employee team is shown relaxing at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. My father, James Edward McKenna, fourth from the left in the back row, is leaning against a tree. Picture was taken about 1917. From the several smiles on their faces, I imagine that they won the game that day. - Robert Edward McKenna View full size.

 
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