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Vintage photos of:
A teenaged Christine E. Bader graduated Vermont Community High School on June 3, 1921 and created a photo album of her life during those school years. I purchased her album at an ephemera swap meet. Based on the position of this photo, labeled "Homecoming" in the album, I am guessing it was taken in 1918 or 1919. Among the apparent attractions of the event was one of those newfangled flying machines. View full size.
In the spring of 1955, Bert and Iva's son George brought his new wife, Arax, and their 1948 Nash Ambassador home to 1022 S. 8th Street in Wausau, Wisconsin. Wonder if she also washed Bert's Hudson in the background? Kodachrome slide. Part of the Bert's Slides Collection. (Bert loved cars.) View full size.
Seward, Alaska, 1961. This image shows Fifth Avenue as viewed from the Alaska Rail depot. A surprising number of these structures would survive the Good Friday 1964 earthquake, which caused a massive refinery fire and tsunami as well. The Alaska Rail right-of-way was subsequently realigned. The little rail depot (behind the photographer) survived to be rehabilitated for other purposes. Scanned Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Bert and Iva are on the road visiting relatives. In 1956 they visited this red-headed posse in Nebraska. Stick 'em up, pardner. 35mm Kodachrome from the Bert's Slides Collection. View full size.
My good friend and former neighbor Jim and his wife Lois in their trailer home in the early 1950s, when he was stationed in Florida as a radioman in the Navy. He loved motorcycles, hot rods, music, cats, exotic birds, and most of all people. Talking to him was guaranteed to make you smile. Godspeed Jim! View full size.
I don't know the location. Perhaps Shorpy readers can pinpoint it. My dad was in the US Army, stationed in Germany in the early 1950s. He bought a great Agfa Karat 35mm camera and left me some beautiful slides. Another of his photos is on Shorpy here. View full size.
UPDATE: Thank you PLA and bobstothfang, for the location!