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Hey buddy just take the picture already. Can't you see we are busy doing road repairs. (?) from my negatives collection. View full size.
Unknown location, but a pretty big bridge. Any guesses where this is/was? From my negatives collection. View full size.
This is my grandfather, Ewart Russell (1907-1996) shortly after coming to the U.S. in 1952 to work at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The '48 Chrysler was his. It apparently had some sort of semi-automatic clutchless transmission. I have no backstory for this image, which is a shame, given the character with the raised hammer lurking up in the rear. View full size.
Well I am not sure if this is just the look of boredom, fatigue, or regret from what had happened the night before. From my negatives collection. View full size.
I've been trying to find more info about the picture; I believe it is also known as the Thomas Pellet House in Concord, Massachusetts. From my negatives collection. View full size.
My fifth grade class, Raleigh North Carolina, 1982. View full size.
Another in the group of found Kodachromes. Great representation of a busy city street. The El in the far distance, the Chicago Theatre marquee in the near distance. The Butler building is now known as The Gene Siskel Film Center, and is a part of the Art Institute of Chicago. A school that coincidentally, my mother was studying at in 1949. View full size.