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Vintage photos of:
Anti Aircraft Group in England as they were preparing to go into Normandy, France, around May 1944. My dad, John Frank Hines (far left), was with the 601st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. The unit entered Normandy on D-Day plus 10 and ended up in Antwerp, Belgium, shooting down V-1's (buzzbombs). Dad was a PFC and earned four bronze stars. I wish I knew the other men in the picture.
Immigrant Children, Ellis Island, 1908, New York. View full size.
Sweeper and doffer boys in Lancaster Cotton Mills, Dec. 1, 1908. Lancaster, S.C. View full size.
With many parents engaged in war work, children are being taught the facts of point rationing for helping out in family marketing. February 1943. View full size.
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.