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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

One Pontiac, Eight Clams

One Pontiac, Eight Clams

Roadhouse Mom again, traded in the Essex and got a Pontiac, wonder how many clams that cost? View full size.

Meek's Mines

Meek's Mines

Somewhere near 29 Palms, California. From the same box of negatives as the 1929 Roadhouse photo, but some years later based on the car, a Pontiac. View full size.

Mom in the Navy

Mom in the Navy

This was taken on the front steps of the Chapel of the Naval Communications Annex (the former Mt. Vernon Academy), 3801 Nebraska Ave, Washington, DC. At the time it was taken, Mom (second row, second from right) was an officer in the WAVES. We know nothing more about this photo, but we assume this was the group of people she worked with. Perhaps one of these people is your (grand) mother or father, and you have one of the other 15 copies that must exist of this photo. If this is the case, I'd love to hear from you.

What did she do, you ask? Well, we're not sure of the details, and we can't ask her, because she died in 1985. But we're pretty sure she was breaking codes, either German or Japanese ones, by machine. She was 22 when she entered the Navy in January 1942, the child of a well-to-do Boston family (her dad was a surgeon, her mother a society lady). She served throughout the war, worked at CIA for a while, got married and then became a housewife and mother. She remained very quiet about this work for the rest of her life, and my brother and I never grilled her about it. Now we wish we had asked a few more questions. View full size.

Girlfriend: c.1950

Girlfriend:  c.1950

The Frank Burch photo collection includes images of girl friends, either actual or potential. Among them is this image from a scanned, large-format negative. Her identity is unknown. If she's alive today, she's closing in on 90 years of age. What would the ensuing years have in store for her? Or more to the point, where's my time machine? View full size.

Metropole: 1949

Metropole: 1949

Another brief interlude in the Naval career of CPO James Thurston Watson, this time at the Metropole, 723-7th Avenue at 48th Street, New York, NY on March 6, 1949. Thurston's favored position seems to be on the left of any group. There are two watery names inked on the reverse: Lee Jul--ier and ----- N. Summers. A reunion of old shipmates? I can't decide if the lady is content or bored, but I find her eyes appealing. Waiter, another round of cocktails! View full size.

Mrs. Hooper's Kindergarten Class

Mrs. Hooper's Kindergarten Class

That's me up front, holding the sign and rocking those white pants. Blue Springs, Missouri 1971. View full size.

Medicinal Herbs: c.1928

Medicinal Herbs:  c.1928

As New York has its Times Square and Chicago its Magnificent Mile, Wadena Minnesota has the 100 block of S. Jefferson Street. This splendid photo shows the proprietors of the now-demolished drug store at 108 S. Jefferson posing with seasonal merchandise. Their identities are unknown. To the left at 106 is the Burch Brothers grocery store, newly downsized and relocated in 1927 from the building to its left at 102-104 S. Jefferson, which the Burch brothers leased to the J.C. Penney Company. Beyond that, across Aldrich Avenue, is the municipal utility's power generating station and the iconic village water tower. The building at 106 is still there, doing business today as the Pizza Ranch. Ameriprise Financial occupies 104, while 102 was vacant as of 2013. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.

 
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