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Vintage photos of:
Washington, 1912. "Edward Beale McLean with Mrs. McLean." Edward (Ned) would become publisher of the Washington Post; his wife, the mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean, was the last private owner of the Hope Diamond. Their tempestuous union would be the fodder for countless headlines leading up to their divorce in 1929. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
1910 Postcard photo sent to my great-grandmother. This photo is still in our family collection. The back reads: "The dog whose picture is on the other side is lost in your neighborhood. If you find any trace of him let us know and recieve a reward. Forever, I P Schear, Geneva, Ind." It is addressed to: "Mail Carrier R.F.D.I. Bryant, Ind" and the postmark is "Dec. 27 8am 1910 Geneva, Ind." View full size.
1958. My dog Missie catches the eye of a passing cheerleader at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, the year it opened. Notable alumni in addition to your humble correspondent (Class of '64) include Robin Williams and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.