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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

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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.

at peace

at peace
"This was taken about two blocks from the baseball
field - you can see which one is me"

Written by my father, 18, who served in the Air Corps and was stationed in Germany in 1945. When the war ended he spent a year there teaching before heading back to Texas. He's near the corner of the house, talking with his hands, with some students walking back from the baseball field.

School days

School days

This is a photo of a school class around 1938 in Leon Kansas. The girl Betty, third from left, front row and boy Darrol, far end at right in the front row, next to his twin brother, Harold, were married in 1947 and are parents of my wife, born in 1949. The twins were born in 1927 and are to this day alive, active and well. Betty, her mother is also still alive, soon celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. They now reside in Wichita, Kansas. View full size.

Women Drilling

Women Drilling

This photo was sent as a postcard to my grandmother. It's postmarked "Washington DC May 3, 1917 6pm." The postmark also says "TWENTY SEVENTH REUNION UNITED Confederate Veterans Washington, D.C. June 4-8-1917."

The correspondence on the post card reads: "I'll be home next week so hope to see you a week from Sunday. I've enjoyed the camp a lot. This is our Company drilling. With love, Helen P."

Women factory workers

Women factory workers

Mrs. Ruth Van Fleet (named in the photo) lived with my grandmother until Van Fleet's death in 1943. The exact date of this image is unknown, but it looks like the women could be working in a munitions factory. So I'd guess it was probably the early '40s. View full size.

Peter Herman Wedmark's Home

Peter Herman Wedmark's Home

My Grand Uncle, Paul Herman Wedmark, was an itinerant photographer who lived in his truck. This could have been in Hennepin, Minnesota. The postmark is Sep. 12, 1930. He died the following year. View full size.

Great-Grandpa was a PA coal miner

Great-Grandpa was a PA coal miner

Miners from near Hazleton, PA. Exact year unknown (probably early 1900s). My great-grandfather is the bottom-left miner. View full size.

 
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