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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

On the Porch: 1958

On the Porch: 1958

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, Summer 1958. This is me, my Grandpa Peter, my parents, and Dad's cousin and wife. We were returning home from a road trip to Flint, Michigan, where other cousins of my Dad lived, back to Bedford, Quebec, where we lived at the time.

My Dad's cousin owned the house in this picture, later to become Trisha Romance's (Canadian watercolour artist) restored Victorian home and gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Grandpa Peter still operated his grocery store up King Street from here in 1958. I believe it was this same summer visit that Dad took that shot of me sitting on the steps in front of the store. View full size.

Cove Fort, Utah: c.1940

Cove Fort, Utah: c.1940

My grandmother, aunt and father. My father comments: "It was taken at Cove Fort, a place our family visited many times while I was growing up. Through the big gate you can see a small building across the street. The woman is my mother, and the two kids have to be me (Douglas) and my sister Barbara. I always wore a hat (fedora) from that early age, although I don't remember any other kids of my age that did. The car in the Cove Fort picture is not one that we ever owned." View full size.

Playing with Fire: 1954

Playing with Fire: 1954

My mother in her crib. She used to reach around the corner and play with the stove. View full size.

Trade School: 1947

Trade School: 1947

Bethesda, Maryland: 1947. My grandfather was a skilled brick and stone mason. He insisted upon taking his son out of high school in favor of attending a trade school. His reasoning was that my father would always have a means by which he could make a decent living. Pictured is one of his weary young classmates. View full size.

Where Did It Go? 1949

Where Did It Go? 1949

No one remembers what we were looking at, but Dad came away with a great photo. I’m the guy on the right and just turned two in the summer of 1949. Our neighbor from down the street is on the left. We were living in Rochester, New York at the time of this photo. View full size.

Let's Be Friends: 1955

Let's Be Friends: 1955

Family photo with new sign. Winter 1955 in Vallejo, California. The sign was created by my grandfather. View full size.

Irwin Produce: 1946

Irwin Produce: 1946

My mother, Lorraine "Rainey" LaFrance (nee Davis), center, at 17 worked at Irwin Produce Market on Main Street in Irwin, Pennsylvania. She worked along with her father Russell, second from left, holding cigarette, and the owners, Sam Auchtenbaum, far left, and his wife Jenny on the far right. View full size.

 
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