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Vintage photos of:
Northern Minnesota. Sorry for the poor resolution, but this one was worth sharing for amusement's sake. We saw this couple earlier as half of the Banana Quartet. This photo was almost certainly taken the same day. Other photos from this sequence suggest that the wagon comes from the neighboring yard of a cartwright, who was busy dismantling carriages for scrap value. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.
Again lacking annotation, this image comes from the Bernard Burch photo collection, which absorbed a number of prints amassed by his wife Laurie Ward prior to their marriage in 1920. The subjects are unknown. The place is either Wadena or Little Falls, Minnesota. This image could have been taken at any point between, say, 1900 and 1915. In any case, we adore the infant's expression, even if the sentiment is not mutual. View full size.
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.
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.
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.