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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Ross Park: 1915

Ross Park: 1915

This unmarked photo was in my father's Funeral Book. I believe he is the small blond boy in the middle of the back row; to his left is my Uncle Billy with the dark hair. The annual summer outing that the schools and churches had at Ross Park on the south side of Binghamton, New York. The school was called Rossville School by the locals, in reality it was the Longfellow School or PS 13. Most likely my 2 aunts are in this photo as well as some of their cousins. View full size.

Cute Baby

Cute Baby

Among my inherited unmarked photos. Not sure if this was taken in Ontario Canada, Broome Co. New York or Michigan. View full size.

New Thedford Methodist Church

New Thedford Methodist Church

Written on the back of this photo left to right: F. Traver, G. Lsird, B. Oliver, H. Traver, C. Rhumford, Rev Reid, A. Rumford. Note the different spelling of Rumford. View full size.

Streets of San Francisco, Part III

Streets of San Francisco, Part III

Another shot of The City, from August, 1957. I think my sister is rebelling at yet another pose request from my dad. I was familiar with the feeling. View full size.

The Four of Us

The Four of Us

Dad and his kids I presume posing at home. Unknown location but likely somewhere in New England. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Just Married

Just Married

Unknown date, but judging from other photos, early 1920's. He doesn't seem too happy. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge linking Maine and New Hampshire. Not sure of the date of the picture, but the bridge was opened to traffic in 1923. From my negatives collection. View full size.

 
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