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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Grand Canyon Sunrise

Grand Canyon Sunrise

Drove all night from San Jose and got to the south rim at the crack of dawn. View full size.

Cross Country Moto Win: 1983

Cross Country Moto Win: 1983

Raced an 82 IT175 3 hour hare scrambles in July 1983 in Austin, Texas. It doesn't look like it, but I was about dead after that race. The last hour was just hanging on and trying to not crash. My arms were like rubber. It was 101 degrees. View full size.

Dogs In the Pool

Dogs In the Pool

They were afraid of the water for the longest time, but once they got wet, they liked it. Well, that wasn't the best idea ever. View full size.

Body Work: 1974

Body Work: 1974

Doing some bodywork on somebody's car for extra money. I got pretty good doing body work by experimenting on other people's car. I think I didn't charge enough; I started turning jobs down. View full size.

Newsstand Noir: 1957

Newsstand Noir: 1957

My brother snapped this 35mm Kodak Tri-X negative as a former high school classmate left (Fled? Took it on the lam?) from this newsstand at 1241 Fourth Street in San Rafael, California. At the time this was one of two newsstands downtown. That was in addition to Montgomery Ward, J.C. Penney, Macy's plus all the other kinds of stores that made San Rafael the major shopping spot for Marin Country - that is, until shopping centers started popping up a few years later.

If I didn't know better, I'd think that guy might have been Elvis. View full size.

Post-War Harrisburg

Post-War Harrisburg

I don't know what year my grandfather took this photo of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, but I'm guessing it was 1948 or 1949. View full size.

Oliver's Tractor

Oliver's Tractor

A farmer known to my family (but, sadly, not to me) smiles at the photographer - presumably my grandfather - in this early-1950s shot from Honey Grove, Pennsylvania. View full size.

 
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