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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Speed Graphic

Speed Graphic

Found this in a collection of stereo slides when we were cleaning out my in-laws' house. This is my father-in-law, who came back from WWII and either opened or worked at a photo store in Holyoke MA for a few years, before he started working as a plant repairman for some the manufacturing companies in the Pioneer Valley. This was probably taken in the early 50s and yes, it's Kodachrome.

He had a lifelong interest in photography and we are lucky to have many pictures of my wife's family. I have the stereo camera which was probably used to take this. It's a Revere Stereo 33, and it suffers from a poorly designed film advance mechanism. I did have it repaired once, and I managed to take a couple of rolls of stereo slides of my family, before the film advance failed again.

I'm not actually sure if this is a Speed Graphic, but it's a Graphic of some kind. All we found when we emptied the house was the flash and some film holders. The camera must have been sold. View full size.

Clifford Young: 1917

Clifford Young: 1917

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.

Point Man: 1932

Point Man: 1932

Los Angeles traffic cop/actor/chef Tom Jensen, back here again, but this time it's a right. View full size.

Christmas Mid-50s

Christmas Mid-50s

This is me, Larry, about 1955/56 on Christmas Day. I was a big cowboy fan back then.

Sixty Something

Sixty Something

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.

1950 Volkswagen: 1967

1950 Volkswagen: 1967

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.

Off to College: 1967

Off to College: 1967

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.

 
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