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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

D.C. Street Scene: 1947

D.C. Street Scene: 1947

Washington D.C. circa 1947. A photo that belonged to my grandfather, who worked in D.C. I'm not sure if he took it. View full size.

Easter: 1966

Easter: 1966

Here is a Kodachrome slide from Easter 1966, yet another backyard photo session that went awry after a few clicks. My dad never tired of taking shots and my mother never tired of directing the reluctant ensemble. At least we knew we would be rewarded with chocolate after this session. View full size.

Pete with Graflex: 1950

Pete with Graflex: 1950

My father, Peter Maronn, with his new Graflex camera in 1950 at a park in Bristol, Connecticut shortly after graduating from the Los Angeles School of Fine Arts in Santa Monica. Some years later, he was chief photographer for the Bristol Press newspaper and also did many local weddings with the assistance of his wife. This Kodachrome slide was probably shot by his father. View full size.

Placer County Courthouse

Placer County Courthouse

This is a photograph of the Placer County Courthouse looking down what is now Lincoln Way in Auburn, California. This photograph, which is in our collection (Placer County Museums), did not have a date. We have an estimated date range of late teens to early twenties, but I am hoping an auto enthusiast out there can help us narrow this somewhat. View full size.

Steam Shovel: 1921

Steam Shovel: 1921

Thornton, Illinois limestone quarry circa 1921. My wife's grandfather was a Serbian immigrant who worked in this quarry his whole life. His home and family lived in a home right next to the quarry so he truly was able to walk to his work. This quarry is still in operation today and now covers many square miles. View full size.

Birthday Posse: 1953

Birthday Posse: 1953

Larkspur, California, January 7, 1953. A photo of me I didn't know existed until a few days ago. I'm the second cowboy hat from the left at my best friend's 6th birthday party; I'd turned 6 the previous August. It's one of the rare childhood events that I've always carried a memory of; specifically: I insisted on leaving the party early so I could get home in time to watch "Time for Beany" on TV. My brother - whose hat that had been - came over and walked me home. My other classmates are the kid with the giant glasses on his head and the cowgirl behind the wide-eyed boy at right; I met up with her at our high school Class of '64 50th reunion last September. Others are mostly relatives, including June Cleaver his aunt setting up pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. I gotta say, for a kid with a birthday so close to Christmas, it looks like my friend made out like a bandit.

Many thanks to his sister, the little girl at my side, for getting this negative to me to scan. View full size.

Oklahoma Miners: 1913

Oklahoma Miners: 1913

On the back of this photo is written, "#4 coal mines McAllister or Adamson Okla 1913." I just discovered the photo in the back of my closet and do not recall how I acquired it. View full size.

 
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