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Erie Lackawanna's train 7, the Pacific Express, departs Corry, Pennsylvania westbound. It will arrive in Chicago in about 13 more hours, having stopped at every station on the route. An express it was not. Within a year the train will be discontinued, but Hoboken to Chicago service will continue with two other trains in each direction - Phoebe Snow and Lake Cities. Note the PRR Alco working in the distance. View full size.
Wadena, Minnesota. For a brief moment during his youth, Frank Burch (1927-2009) was totally cool. That moment is captured here. The Indians? Not so much, as they boasted a 7-14 season that year, falling to Brainerd High in the first round of playoffs. Sitting from L-R: Cleon Erckenbrack, Frank Jung, Pat Frost, Bruce Wilcox, Don Imgrund, Dale Besett, and Warren Blood. Standing, L-R: Frank Burch, Mr. Kermit Anderson, Ed Bretz, Kenneth Imgrund, Bill Blair, Tom Nyberg, Lovell Piepkorn, Willis Goedel, Wayne Moroney, Mr. Robert Mower, and Verle Blaha. Image from the Frank Burch photo 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.
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.