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Vintage photos of:
As dangerous as auto racing is today, races in the early days were even more so. Note the unbanked dirt track and the open cockpit in these cars.
That's my great, great Uncle Willie driving the Fronty Ford marked with a 7. Apparently, he held a few local records on the 50-mile dirt track. This is from 1924 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin - a suburb of Milwaukee. View full size.
Shared by JimEichholz: My great uncle Paul Salk (kneeling 2nd from left) together with the rest of his bomber crew in front of their B-17. He was a tail-gunner. Later he moved to a B-29, and unfortunately died in a rendezvous accident with another B-29. Photo was taken in early 40s. View full size.
Al Biever, Intramural Football Center, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN. Photo: Page 92 of the 1923 Sagatagan year-book, Major Champs. Left to right, rear: Brunner, Benolken, Al Biever, Rev. Albert, Coach, Wieland, Krautkremer; front: Esser, Guettler, Hermanutz, Marrin, Krebsbach, Roan. They are not pictured with shoulder pads. This must have been before they were introduced. The year was 1923 and St. John's housed both college-level students and high-school students. My father took classes there as a high school Commercial student. St. John's still stands in its same location, although much changed. View full size.
Me and my buddies at Camp Kinderland in the summer of 1938. I’m the very handsome bloke holding the bat and looking into the camera. Alas, I’ve changed a bit since then ...
Yesterday we asked people to share their own photos on Shorpy. We've been overwhelmed with the response. The images we've seen in just the first day have been remarkable. Above you see Paul Herman Wedmark, an itinerant photographer who lived in his truck. The image was shared by Wedmark's great nephew.
You'll also want to check the photos of Pennsylvania coal miners from the early 1900s, a 1924 Bronx street scene, a 1938 class photo and women factory workers making munitions. There are more images in the Shared Blog and photo gallery. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of shared photos. To share your photos, just create an account and upload your photo.