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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Graceful Grooming: 1945

Graceful Grooming:  1945

Washington, DC. Howard University in 1943 opened Slowe Hall, a dormitory for female graduate students. That structure arguably merits designation as an historic landmark, at least for its presentation of art-deco design elements. The building was named for the late Lucy Diggs Slowe, the university's first dean of women students. While we don't know the identities of the subjects, we know that wartime exigencies led administrators to open the dormitories to young, single professional women who flooded the many offices in the nation's capital. Therefore, some, if not all of these young ladies were not students at the time of the photo. Nevertheless, their smiles still charm us some 70 years later. View full size.

Space to Read about Space: 1967

Space to Read about Space: 1967

This was taken by my dad almost certainly on the last weekend in January, 1967. Not only am I reading a book about astronauts with my little bro, but the newspaper on the side table is the L.A. Times. By zooming in, the headline appears to be: "3 Astronauts Killed in Apollo Test. " I was such a follower of the space program, and this photo just renews the sense of tragedy I felt. View full size.

Three Gals and a Shadow: 1917?

Three Gals and a Shadow:  1917?

Like everything else in the Bernard Burch photo collection, this image is devoid of annotation. All we can tell you is that the setting is somewhere in northern Minnesota. The women's fashions may be a clue to the date; I can't help you there. The girls on either side may be sisters. View full size.

Parked in a Plymouth

Parked in a Plymouth

My maternal grandmother, Essie Shipe [b.1900], and my uncle Billy Shipe, riding in a Plymouth convertible, Kansas City, Kansas 1953.

Grandpa's Pipe

Grandpa's Pipe

This is my dad, Fred, who was born in 1916, standing on his grandfather's chair with his pipe in his mouth. He lived in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York at the time.

The Preppies of 1905

The Preppies of 1905

The State of Minnesota conducted its last census in 1905. In that year, it double counted our boy Bernard Burch. He is enumerated as part of his parents' household in Wadena as well as among the students at St. John's College in Collegeville. This moldy print depicts a 16 year-old Bernie (second from left) in Collegeville with a few musically-inclined classmates, some of whom we saw earlier. The portrait of an ever-watchful prefect is suspended above. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.

His first car: 1909

His first car: 1909

Denver Colorado 1909. Donald G. Kirk, my wife's dad, is hand cranking the car on a cold day. The make and model are unknown. The probable location is somewhere on Eudora street.

 
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