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Vintage photos of:
Portsmouth Memorial Bridge linking Maine and New Hampshire. Not sure of the date of the picture, but the bridge was opened to traffic in 1923. From my negatives collection. View full size.
Wadena or Little Falls, Minnesota. This is one of a series of photos taken in 1920, probably during the days immediately preceding the marriage of Laurie Ward (1891-1981), on the right, to Mr. Bernard Burch. Here, Miss Ward appears to be contemplating how to prepare a wedding feast from the victuals remaining from the road kill that adorns her companion's shoulders. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection.
Vintage photo picked up at an antique store. A handwritten note on the back of the photo reads: This is a picture of Jim's harvester and mules taken June 1905 the one I marked is Jim and the one in the seat driving is Willie when he was 19 yrs he was the baby when we left Dakota. View full size.
On the road back to California from Florida, May 28, 1956. Cropped left side of image as it had the "end of roll" light leak. I'll bet the train was long enough for my dad to stop the car, get out the camera and have my mom pose. View full size.
Washington National Airport, July or August 1964. The Douglas DC-6 was arguably the last word in piston-engined airline travel. Built in 1948, this airframe's days in first-line service were numbered when this late afternoon image was taken. Immaculately maintained, the ground crew probably washed the exhaust soot from the engine nacelles every night. The United Airlines livery was both elegant and functional: the underside was left in bare aluminum as a concession to the grit that would inevitably score the surface. Scanned slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Northern Virginia, 1952. This is one of over a dozen photos ostensibly taken for the purpose of illustrating erosion patterns. I offer this one only because of the 1950/51 Studebaker in the background. The site is probably a limestone quarry. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.