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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Bedford Sweaters, late 1950s

Bedford Sweaters, late 1950s

Here're my brothers and me, late 1950s Bedford Quebec, wearing sweaters that my aunt knitted for us. They were amazingly warm (were they wool?) and she put a lot of work into them. I'm on the left, in the now-cringe worthy "Indian on the warpath"-themed motif. View full size.

Plowing Bedford, Late 1950s

Plowing Bedford, Late 1950s

A shot my Dad took in Bedford, Quebec, during a late 1950s winter. Here he's hired a friend with a farm tractor and chains to plow out one of the bigger dumps from our laneway. If I'm not mistaken, the "plow" appears to be a 1 x 12 piece of wood. View full size.

Seattle Buds

Seattle Buds

My dad took this photo of two of his friends. Probably in the late 1930's.

Grandparents

Grandparents

My grandmother Ollie and grandfather Tom Warden (right) with my great-grandfather, Jim Warden, probably in the early 1930s. View full size.

Mount Vernon Vista: 1952

Mount Vernon Vista: 1952

The view from the veranda of Mount Vernon, restored to resemble its condition at the time of George Washington's residency. Photographer Frank Burch was facing the southwest as he took this image in 1952, perhaps in mid-March? While in this image it blends seamlessly with the overcast, the Potomac River meanders across the horizon. View full size.

Road Repair

Road Repair

Hey buddy just take the picture already. Can't you see we are busy doing road repairs. (?) from my negatives collection. View full size.

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge

Unknown location, but a pretty big bridge. Any guesses where this is/was? From my negatives collection. View full size.

 
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