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Vintage photos of:
I haven't posted here for a few years. I don't have too many pictures left, but I thought I would try a few. My mother is still going, well, kinda strong; she will be 87 next month. Such memories. View full size.
Back to my Uncle Albert in his office at the Foote, Cone and Belding advertising agency in San Francisco's Russ Building about 1954. Amid a fine selection of period office accouterments, including a space-saver phone and cigarette ashes, he's working on this ad. As Vice-President and Production Manager, he was in charge of layout, design, graphics and typography, and also for such accounts as Southern Pacific, Dole Pineapple and Pacific Bell.
Albert's interest in fine printing and typography led to his amassing a significant collection of manuscripts, first editions, prints and other art, much of which now resides at institutions like Stanford, UCLA and Berkeley. In particular, his collection of over 1000 books, drawings, etchings and correspondence of the English sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer (as in Gill Sans) Eric Gill is at the Gleeson Library of the University of San Francisco. View full size.
Annie Dorgan, Myrtie Welch (my great-aunt), and Annie Rayno. Shop girls at Nashua Manufacturing, Nashua, New Hampshire, about 1910. View full size.
Newlyweds and family, somewhere in Massachusetts during the 20's from other photos I have of this family. From my negatives collection. View full size.
A couple of kids enjoying the fine summer weather, likely in New England. From my negatives collection. View full size.