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Clifford Young was my maternal grandfather; he left the Midwest to seek a living in the state of Nevada during its busy mining era near the turn of the 19th century. At the time of this photograph, around 1917, he was working as a bartender in the famed Minden Inn located in Minden, Nevada. While working there he eventually met and married my future grandmother. View full size.
A real photo postcard from the seaside resort town of Cuxhaven, Germany, featuring a multi-generational gathering of 25 family members celebrating sixty something. Whether it was a 60th anniversary, or the year 1960 is anyone's guess. Back side gives the photo studio address as Bernhard Str No 34 in that town. View full size.
August 1967, in a small parking lot next to my parents' home in Agawam, Massachusetts. My then-girlfriend, Madeleine, is standing next to my 1950 VW, which I had restored the previous year. I think I was one of the earliest to take an interest in "vintage" VWs -- when the car was a mere 15 years old. But even then the earliest split window VWs were rare (only a few hundred were sold in the US in 1950). I paid $85 for it in late 1965. It would be worth a bit more today. View full size.
Filling up our 1959(?) VW 23 window sunroof bus in the gas station across the street from our parents' place in Agawam, Massachusetts in September 1967. My brother is standing next to the pump. A few minutes later we head off across the country. Today that particular bus, in that condition, would cost over $100K. Yikes. Scanned from a square format Ektachrome slide. View full size.
Erie Lackawanna's train 7, the Pacific Express, departs Corry, Pennsylvania westbound. It will arrive in Chicago in about 13 more hours, having stopped at every station on the route. An express it was not. Within a year the train will be discontinued, but Hoboken to Chicago service will continue with two other trains in each direction - Phoebe Snow and Lake Cities. Note the PRR Alco working in the distance. View full size.