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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Ticonderoga in Transit: 1955

Ticonderoga in Transit: 1955

The Ticonderoga was taken out of service in 1953 and moved overland to the Shelburne Museum in 1955. My grandfather happened to be there and documented part of the trip. View full size.

Photo Wagon: 1959

Photo Wagon: 1959

A Kodachrome slide taken in 1959 at Meriman Photo Art, 1411 Maple Avenue in Los Angeles. A thrift store find.

Update: The person behind the camera is likely either Irwin Renish, or his oldest son Robert, whom I believe were the owners of Meriman Photo Art.
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Santa's Village: 1956

Santa's Village: 1956

Santa's Village at Lake Arrowhead in Southern California in a Kodachrome slide I found in a thrift store. The park opened in 1955, and I don't see any 1957 model cars, so the date is my best guess. View full size.

Aluminum for Defense: 1943

Aluminum for Defense: 1943

My maternal grandfather, World War I veteran Leo C. Ziv, collecting aluminum for defense in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. His lungs had been burned by mustard gas while serving with the American Expeditionary Force. View full size.

Baby Laurence Ziv

Baby Laurence Ziv

My distant cousin Laurence Ziv; Chicago, 1896.

Jonas Ziv

Jonas Ziv

My distant cousin Jonas Ziv's business card from late 19th or early 20th Century.

Say Cheese: 1962

Say Cheese: 1962

Here's my contribution to that popular Shorpy genre, the unsmiling-group photo. In this case, it's because I told them all to stay verrrry still for the brief time exposure. I was using the only camera had access to at the time that could do that, an old c.1935 Kodak Junior Six-16. The negative is long gone, so I scanned this from a period print.

My mother is standing in the back at center, and we're in the Larkspur, California home of our friends, the man on the couch with the shillelagh and his wife seated at right. At the left is their daughter and her husband. She was recently seen in this same wainscoted room here. The only one who moved during the exposure, probably because she's trying to restrain her squirming pomeranian, is our neighbor at upper right, the mother of one of my childhood chums. I may have known who the other couple was at one time, but no more. View full size.

 
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