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Vintage photos of:
Uncle John Jorjorian with nephew Haig, niece Shake, Haig's first wife ("Blondie"), and grand-nephews/niece Eddie, Al, Leon, and Violet Eliseian.
The Jorjorian-Eliseian family of Oakland, California began coming to Yosemite every summer in 1926. They would stay two months at a stretch. The girl, Violet, celebrated her first birthday in Yosemite, in July 1934. In July 2014, she celebrated her 81st birthday there. Unfortunately, 2015 was the first year in decades that she missed her summer birthday trip. She hopes to return in 2016. View full size.
"The Rockin' Sounds,' a contemporary music vocal/instrumental group, Rogers High School, Rogers, Arkansas, 1971. View full size.
My father during his military service in Udine, IItaly in 1947. View full size.
Third grade. Hancock, Wisconsin. My dad is fourth from the right. Unlike so many other class photos popping up on Shorpy lately, none of these tykes appear to enjoy having their picture taken.
(And -- Thank you Shorpy, for taking the nasty creases out of the image. Amazing!!
Bernard Francis Burch left behind a collection of photographic curiosities, almost all of which have no inscription whatsoever. Son of Canadian immigrants, Bernie was born in Wadena, Minnesota and did his best to never leave it, excepting a tour of France with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1918-19 and a trip to Washington, DC in 1963. Bernie served at least one term as the mayor of Wadena (from at least 1920 and some years after). He spent his younger years managing his father's department store ("largest of its kind between Duluth and Fargo"). From about 1941, he managed Wadena's municipal liquor store. Years inscribed on the images shown here are approximate. View full size.
My sixth-grade class at Mt. Rose Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania, 1971-1972. If we had not yet reached the "awkward" phase, we sure were close. The chap on the far right in the first row later had a career in Hollywood--you can read about him at imdb.com. View full size.
[The "chap on the right" is you? - Dave]
Unfortunately no, but I'm standing right next to him.
3rd grade, 1968-1969, at Violet Hill Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania. The teacher, Mrs. Mary Anne Burg, modeled on the side as I recall. I'm the third from the left in the middle row. View full size.