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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GIFT IDEA: ART FOR BOOK LOVERS

Old Paint: 1920s

Old Paint: 1920s

        Car looking the worse for wear? "Paint it yourself for $50 with Nu-Enamel -- Only One Coat and Is Brushed On."

I obtained this photo at a paper show at the Rothman Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University many years ago. The photographer, Stadler, was based in Chicago. Where are you now, Nu-Enamel boys? View full size.

Dressed to Smoke

Dressed to Smoke

This mystery woman came from a small metal box of slides I found in a thrift store; they all appear to have been professionally done. There are various index tabs in the tray that may or may not be the names of the photographers who took the photos but other than that no idea what this is about. She is very elegant except for the 3-pack-a-day look around the eyes. View full size.

Kindergarten: 1963

Kindergarten: 1963

Miss Lorene Swanay's afternoon kindergarten class in California was seemingly a very happy group, with a few glum exceptions. I'm the befuddled lad holding the sign and flanked by the Tipton Twins. It's chilling to read the date on it; one month later the nation suffered a tragedy we were too young to understand. View full size.

Roy and Dale: 1958

Roy and Dale: 1958

This is my older brother and sister taken Christmas 1958 in my grandparents' home in Germantown, Tennessee. I was born in '57, so I was probably sitting in someone's lap off camera. We lived in a little house nearby and Christmas was always celebrated in this room until we moved away. Scanned from a color slide. View full size.

The Zipper Kid: 1951

The Zipper Kid: 1951

aka Mike Hickey, in January 1951. One side of a 3-D Kodachrome pair from a set found in a thrift store. View full size.

In the Navy: 1952

In the Navy: 1952

The honoree of the party for whom the Kodachrome Crowd had gathered. His name's Ronnie, going by the evidence in the set of slides I found in a thrift store. View full size.

The Wagon Wheel Cafe

The Wagon Wheel Cafe

The Wagon Wheel Cafe in Running Springs California in the early 1950s. It burned down in 1974. A slide I found in a thrift store. View full size.

 
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