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Vintage photos of:
Ruth Cooper Kodachrome - one of many from the 40s thru the 70s. View full size.
The station for the "Skunk Train" in Fort Bragg, California. One of many Kodachromes taken by Ruth Cooper, Pocasset, MA. View full size.
Railroad Bridge, Cape Cod Canal, Bourne, Massachusetts. One of many Ruth Cooper Kodachromes. View full size.
Pearl Harbor, 1944. Ford Field NAS basketball team. Number 11 is my father. View full size.
My neighbor Jim is now 83 years young and counting, but once upon a time he was a youngster in the U.S. Army. This image was taken somewhere in Korea. View full size.
Leicester Wagner, third from left with a stick, and his brother, Thornton, far right, spend some time in a back alley behind State Street in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1914. Their stepmother, Florence, once said they had a tendency to "take anything that wasn't nailed down." Leicester spent a year as an inmate at the Boys Republic near Chino, Calif., when he was 16 years old in 1920. But he went on to become a respected Los Angeles newspaperman and war correspondent for the Office of War Information. Thornton became a test pilot and Charles Lindbergh's personal pilot during the Bruno Hauptmann kidnapping trial. He retired from American Airlines in 1966. Photo taken by their father, Rob Wagner. View full size.
The Hotel Senator, at 12th and L in Sacramento, circa 1955. Just by chance, this picture includes a well dressed young woman wearing a genuine fur stole. Those things were made of the pelts of several little animals stitched together. They were taxidermied and had beady little eyes. One of them had an alligator clip type mouth so that the stole could be fastened around the shoulders. View full size.