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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CANADA FOR FISHING

The Imperial Twins: 1959

The Imperial Twins: 1959

My sister-in-law Gimi's maternal grandmother and her identical twin pose with a 1958 Imperial in this Kodacolor print from July 1959. That's all we know for sure, although Gimi believes this is in the Ozarks of Missouri. Other elements give rise to speculation: the right taillight assembly suggests a close encounter with some native plant life, perhaps on a narrow, winding road that brought us hither. The pointing finger I like to think indicates a voice exclaiming "Get those saddle shoes OFF the Imperial!" As for the other orphan footwear, I just want to say I'd rather not look under the Imperial. On a happier note, a 1955 Chevrolet. View full size.

Mothers in Levittown: 1957

Mothers in Levittown: 1957

My mother sits with her mother on what must have been a chilly day in the Dogwood section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. They were enjoying the new front porch that my father built out of stones, sand and bricks.

The siding behind them was red and white and made of asbestos. On a 2018 drive through Levittown I could only see one house where this type of siding was still visible, while on others it could be hidden beneath newer siding.

Unknown Couple

Unknown Couple

The couple in the photo is unknown, but the photographer was Paul A. Gayer of Gayer Studios in St. Louis, Mo. Gayer had many locations, but according to the card, his studio was at 22nd & St. Louis Ave at the time of this photo; this means the photo was taken between 1905 and 1915.

Otto and Anna Gegel

Otto and Anna Gegel

This is the wedding portrait of Otto and Ann Gegel (as written on the back of the photo). The photo is not dated, but it was taken by William Welge, a photographer in Chester, Illinois, who opened his studio around 1902.

Emma and Clara Schaefer

Emma and Clara Schaefer

Emma (left) and Clara Schaefer. Location and date unknown.

Wayne Crouse: 1940s

Wayne Crouse: 1940s

Wayne Crouse in Amarillo, Texas, circa 1940s. Portrait by Gray Studios of Amarillo. Gray Studios was opened in 1910 by Claude Gray and is still in business.

Work at Subic Bay: 1945

Work at Subic Bay: 1945

It must have been hot and sticky at Subic Bay, Philippines because these sailors, who are loading or unloading a truck, seem not to be in full uniform. Among the supplies they have are boat paddles, which don’t look real useful for them. Photographed by my father, a fellow sailor.

Subic Bay Volleyball: 1945

Subic Bay Volleyball: 1945

Sailors playing volleyball at the barracks on the naval base in Subic Bay, Philippines after the end of WWII. My father, who took this photo, was shipped there after the war ended in 1945 to maintain radar antennas.

 
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