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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE SCHOOLS AT WAR PROGRAM, 1942

Fixing Up Li'l Sister's Bike

Fixing Up Li'l Sister's Bike

Polishing the chrome. Mid-60s, Ohio. View full size.

Lunch Break: 1970

Lunch Break: 1970

Time for a lunch break in God knows where, on a trip to California from Ohio in 1970. View full size.

Li'l Joe

Li'l Joe

Spilling the clothespins again. My dad grabbed a good shot. This was probably 1959 or 1960, Ohio. View full size.

Hanging Out: 1965

Hanging Out: 1965

1965, Ohio. I think it was some kind of picnic that our folks dragged us out on. I'm on the far right, my Bro is on the left and there are a few cousins sprinkled in between. View full size.

Friends from Indiana: 1966

Friends from Indiana: 1966

My mom's college friend's kids and us were about the same ages, so we'd always find some kind of trouble to get into. View full size.

QEW Toronto: 1979

QEW Toronto: 1979

This is the first of three submissions, taken from the driver's seat on a trip eastbound on the QEW to Toronto (Queen Elizabeth Way, opened as the first concrete controlled-access divided highway in Canada, between Toronto and Niagara Falls, by the King and Queen of England in 1939). This was Sunday morning, Labour Day weekend, 1979. That's why the highway is surprisingly open, but there're still enough period vehicles to see.

These shots were a lot harder to do than today, as I had to look through the viewfinder of my SLR film camera. When you're young, stupidity in the mirror is closer than it appears. View full size.

Toronto Line-up: 1979

Toronto Line-up: 1979

This is the second of three submissions of a 1979 Labour Day trip to Toronto on the QEW, documented from the driver's seat. Here I'm approaching an overpass with a line-up of people. They're waiting to enter the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) by way of the Dufferin St. Gate. The CNE has been held for well over a hundred years on the waterfront of Toronto, and attracts hundreds of thousands annually at summer's end for two weeks. Downtown Toronto and the CN Tower can be seen in the distance. View full size.

 
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