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Vintage photos of:
Cleveland, Ohio, 1948. The Master Products Company, a manufacturer of flat washers and metal stampings. View full size.
Cleveland, Ohio, 1942. The Master Products Company baseball team taken outside the factory. View full size.
Cleveland, Ohio, 1941. The Master Products Company bowling league. View full size.
About as avant-garde as it gets in Indiana (or perhaps Minnesota). The photographer lived in one of those states in 1952, the year that this photo was taken. I believe the car is a 1948 Packard. Inscription on the reverse of the photo, in cursive green ink: Pretty tricky, Right?- Jan. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
This is how an early Sports Illustrated swimsuit model would look if they had the swimsuit issue back in the 30's (or so) From my negatives collection. View full size.
Washed up lobster boat, somewhere in Maine. Time to go invest in another boat. From my negatives collection. View full size.
Men unloading lobster crates from truck, unknown location in Maine, possibly Boothbay Harbor. From my negatives collection. View full size.