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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Animals

Zoo Poo: 1971

Zoo Poo: 1971

This is a family treasure of sorts. The photo was taken in 1971 at the San Diego Zoo by my grandpa. I think the photo speaks for itself. View full size.

Aunt Charlotte: 1900

Aunt Charlotte: 1900

Circa 1900. Somewhere in the Eastern U.S. "Aunt Charlotte." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

101 Ranch: 1925

101 Ranch: 1925

May 11, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Ezra Meeker with 101 Ranch." The Wild West show rolls into town at the Florida Avenue fairgrounds. Ezra Meeker, "hero of the Oregon Trail," was part of the parade. National Photo glass neg. View full size.

 

Carolina Huckster: 1905

Carolina Huckster: 1905

Aiken, South Carolina, circa 1905. "A South Carolina huckster." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A gentle Shepherd tending his flock

A gentle Shepherd tending his flock

This photo was taken in the early 1920's by my Great-Grandfather. They bred and trained German Shepherds for police work mostly but also worked with the dog's gentler abilities too. I believe this was taken in Hempstead on Long Island. Their kennels were located in the area of farmland which became suburban East Meadow and the landscape was more rural there, leading me to believe that this was taken in town. No idea who the child is, certainly not an immediate relative. Perhaps a distant cousin, anyone recognize the little girl? View full size.

Burro Drawer: 1912

Burro Drawer: 1912

Washington, D.C., or vicinity ca. 1912. "U.S. Army burro and cart." (The caption on the negative sleeve actually says "U.S. Army goat and cart" but I will go out on a limb and say that the fellow on the left is no goat.) View full size.

 

A New Friend: 1943

A New Friend: 1943

New Mexico, 1943. View full size. A 35mm slide taken by Carl Chelf that I scanned as part of the Kodachrome Restoration Project.

 
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