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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Dogs

Almost Teens: 1959

Almost Teens: 1959

I'd be turning 13 later in the year, and so presumably would most of my 7th grade classmates. Typically though, we see variations in the state of puberty onset. I can't speak for the dog, who I imagine was some neighborhood mutt who stopped by for the laughs. Two of the guys have the garb and coiffure of typical "bad boys" of the era - back then we called them JDs - but these were more like wannabes. One is smugly displaying an empty pack of Benson and Hedges cigarettes he'd found - or at least that's the story. Chance - or possibly some attractive force emanating from the patterns - seems to have gathered the check-shirt boys into an eye-warping cluster. Also, one-in-every-crowd guy has star position.

I'm in the sweater standing next to our teacher, who was not only my first male one but the first to engage me intellectually. A man of varied interests, he fascinated me with his lectures - much of which he'd write out on the blackboard for us to copy while he spoke extemporaneously, occasionally punctuating it with flashes of his wry and ironic wit. There was an upright piano in the classroom from which he led us in sing-alongs of old songs - "Red Sails in the Sunset" was one of his favorites. One day, coming back from recess, one of the guys in class sat down at it and started pounding out the "Peter Gunn" riff. I was mightily impressed.

A Grand Day Out: 1910

A Grand Day Out: 1910

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1910. "Riverside Park and boat house." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mike the Ex-Junk Yard Dog: 1930

Mike the Ex-Junk Yard Dog: 1930

This is Mike, one of many so-named dogs owned by my Great-Grandparents, out back of their house in Iola, Kansas, sometime around 1930.

Mike was some sort of bull terrier breed who my great grandfather bought from a junk yard man named "Sting-Eye" Allnut for the sum of fifty cents. The dog poses next to a pump which drew rain water from a cistern; I'm told my great-grandmother, who had beautiful blond hair, preferred to wash her hair in the rain water because it was much softer than the well water which came out of the indoor plumbing. View full size.

A Boy and His Dog: 1900

A Boy and His Dog: 1900

Continuing our visit to Grosse Ile, Michigan, circa 1900. "Rio Vista." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Summertime: 1900

Summertime: 1900

Circa 1900. Our next stop in Grosse Ile, Michigan: "Cabin at Rio Vista." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Billy, Get Help!

Billy, Get Help!

Circa 1900s. "Billy and his mistress in hunting poses." Our second look at this eight-part series awaiting the colorist's brush. Note the pasted-on wound. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

White Hunter: 1900

White Hunter: 1900

Circa 1900s. "Billy and his mistress in hunting poses." One of eight curious portraits of this statuesque pair, who appear almost whitewashed. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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