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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Steam Shovel: 1921

Steam Shovel: 1921

Thornton, Illinois limestone quarry circa 1921. My wife's grandfather was a Serbian immigrant who worked in this quarry his whole life. His home and family lived in a home right next to the quarry so he truly was able to walk to his work. This quarry is still in operation today and now covers many square miles. View full size.

Birthday Posse: 1953

Birthday Posse: 1953

Larkspur, California, January 7, 1953. A photo of me I didn't know existed until a few days ago. I'm the second cowboy hat from the left at my best friend's 6th birthday party; I'd turned 6 the previous August. It's one of the rare childhood events that I've always carried a memory of; specifically: I insisted on leaving the party early so I could get home in time to watch "Time for Beany" on TV. My brother - whose hat that had been - came over and walked me home. My other classmates are the kid with the giant glasses on his head and the cowgirl behind the wide-eyed boy at right; I met up with her at our high school Class of '64 50th reunion last September. Others are mostly relatives, including June Cleaver his aunt setting up pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. I gotta say, for a kid with a birthday so close to Christmas, it looks like my friend made out like a bandit.

Many thanks to his sister, the little girl at my side, for getting this negative to me to scan. View full size.

Oklahoma Miners: 1913

Oklahoma Miners: 1913

On the back of this photo is written, "#4 coal mines McAllister or Adamson Okla 1913." I just discovered the photo in the back of my closet and do not recall how I acquired it. View full size.

Parade Biker: 1959

Parade Biker: 1959

June 24, 1959. My brother posed proudly with our cocker Cindy in front of his decked-out bike for the annual St. Jean Baptiste Parade in Bedford, Quebec. It was ironic that an English kid led the bike parade celebrating French Quebec's "national" day of celebration. View full size.

Quebec Winter: 1958

Quebec Winter: 1958

Same location as the Hula Hoop photo - our driveway - with Dad and me in winter 1958. We lived literally on the edge of town, as seen by the background countryside and woods. That was our playground, summer and winter, for my friends and me, the best childhood anyone could ask for. No helicopter parenting, no electronic distractions. We never felt we were missing something. A Google Earth view shows that countryside is now subdivision. View full size.

Detroit Navy Buddies: 1954

Detroit Navy Buddies: 1954

Detroit Navy buddies after military duty. Photographed at Metropolitan Beach, St. Clair Shoes, Michigan, summer 1954 by Shegoi. View full size.

Great-Grandmother Cox: 1935

Great-Grandmother Cox: 1935

Great-Grandmother Margaret Mary Cox at her home at 1445 West Lafayette Street, Detroit. A fast food restaurant now occupies the site. Photo about 1935 by unknown photographer. Margaret Cox was born in 1880 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. View full size.

 
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