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With the American Expeditionary Forces, France. Musician Third Class Bernard Burch stands to the far right, this time with snare drum in plain view. Having victoriously fixed the Kaiser's wagon, the headquarters company band of the 53rd Infantry Regiment, Sixth Infantry Division pose again for posterity. They spent the better part of 1919 waiting their turn to sail home. They passed the time playing concerts at hospitals and other encampments. Image from the Bernard Burch photo and document collection. View full size.
Miss Victory Loews State. Newark, NJ by Leslie Zirkelbach (from his estate many years ago), 1942. View full size.
"Mayor LaGuardia addresses guests at Signal Corps Photographic Center dedication." (Queens, NY) View full size.
This is Gracy Ann Hall, born in Barbary Hill, Jamaica, British West Indies on November 21, 1889. At the time of this portrait, she was about to embark on the S.S. Catherine Cuneo, sailing from Jamaica. The ship had only two other passengers on the manifest when it docked at New York City on November 11, 1912. The steamer was in all likelihood a "banana boat" that operated primarily to carry cargo with passenger service as an afterthought, whenever berths were available. Gracy was on her way to an address in Toronto. Sadly, she died of tuberculosis within a few years of this portrait. View full size.
Well, not like this because she's only about 6 years old here. But there's her mama and it is San Francisco, anyway. The only people in this photo I do remember besides her are her twin brother (my Uncle Albert) and her older brother (my Uncle Frank). I never met her older sister (my Aunt Mary) or her mother and father. Missing from the group is her oldest brother, Uncle Jack, away at college. My grandfather, a carpenter, may have built this house; we do know that he rebuilt the family home that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This is a scan I made from the original 5x7 inch glass plate negative. View full size.