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Vintage photos of:
My great grandmother (center) either in Germany or Pennsylvania, I believe around 1900. View full size.
Unknown kids in an unknown location, riding a giant tortoise, probably in Southern California, possibly the San Diego Zoo, or wherever you go to ride a giant tortoise. 35mm Kodachrome slide from a thrift store find. View full size.
I have no idea of the relationship between these three, but they look straight out of a Hollywood gangster film, or maybe everyone back then looked like they were in a gangster film. From a box of found Kodachrome slides. View full size.
My mother Macalyne, my grandmother Brownie, and my uncle George. Christmas that year meant the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II -- a momentous time in our nation's history. This photo, for me, represents all the goodness and simplicity, and the uncertainty, of those days. We have come a long way since then, for better or worse.
Those two kids grew up to be perhaps the most influential speech pathologist in the world as a professor at Vanderbilt and Purdue (Mom), and a surgeon, professor, and President of the American Trauma Society (George). Fairly successful parenting by my grandparents, I'd say.
Photo is from a large-format negative. View full size.
Or 9:20, or maybe 7:15...
Another Kodachrome view of Santa's Village near Running Springs California. I'm estimating it's around 1958 based on vehicles seen in other slides from this set.
I should note that this view of SV is from a completely different set of slides than the one I posted previously; it was a popular local attraction in the 1950's. View full size.
My great-grandfather's shop in Southampton UK, with my grandfather in the doorway. Grandfather was born in 1890, he doesn't look older than 15 here, so I guess the picture was taken around 1905 or slightly before. I remember the shop in the 1950's when grandfather and his two spinster sisters had taken over and it looks just like it did then. View full size.
This was taken in an orange grove so it's likely in Southern California where I found this Kodachrome slide in a thrift store. Now instead of actual citrus groves, we have shopping centers named after citrus groves. The slide is captioned "Uncle Albert Thanksgiving 1948." View full size.