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Vintage photos of:
My great-grandfather's baseball team in Malden, Massachusetts, circa 1910. His name was Ralph J. Mahar and he is in the front row at the far left. Great Site! View full size.
This is a photograph of me in front of my grandfather's bar, the Half Moon Inn. It was located on White Plains Road between Maran Place and Lydig Avenue, Bronx, NY. The bars are holding up a canopy in front of the Half Moon Inn. The camera is facing north, and the elevated railroad, on the left, runs above White Plains Road.
On the inbound tracks at the Hinton, W.Va., engine terminal circa late 1940s are #300, class L-2 Hudson (4-6-4), just in off a passenger run from Cincinnati or Detroit; and #1612, a 2-6-6-6 Allegheny class H-8, used primarily in push/pull coal drag service over the Appalachians to Clifton Forge, Va. The engine crew at the left brought in one of the engines; not sure which one. C&O Railway photo. View full size.
B&M 4000, T1a class 2-8-4 smoking it up on the ready track in Boston circa 1930. Built by Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio in 1928. Considered ugly by most railfans due to the "Cobra Hood" Coffin feedwater heater mounted on the front of the boiler. Photographer unknown. View full size.
This photograph is part of a series I made, documenting family relationships in my kibbutz. In it, Nir, a young Israeli soldier is holding a photograph of his grandfather who was a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War One. Rather sad in that time passes and young men, generation after generation, still have to become soldiers...
This is the Jewish Passover Seder in 1922, in Juarez, Mexico. Among the celebrants are the parents of my late wife. What is especially interesting is that most of the people here were refugees from the Russian Revolution who wanted to reach America but were stuck still in Mexico - mostly in Chihuahua and living in caves!
We still have an old newspaper clipping in which my father-in-law says that living in a cave is difficult but preferable to the conditions they had to endure during the revolution in Russia!