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My fav candid shot of Grandma & Grandpa Hughes, taken at Silver Lake, Wisconsin, 1942. Not quite sure what they're doing (is he feeding her something or lighting her cigarette maybe?). They're not around anymore to say & daddy doesn't remember either (he was only 5 when this was taken). Any guesses out there? Thanx!
Another great pic from my Instant Relatives collection. Per consulting with a friend who's an expert on Fashions of Yesteryear, these gals were probably working the fields during WWII. Their hair is pulled back into a turban or bandana, something stressed, so it wouldn't be caught in the equipment. Written on the back of this photo (in pencil!) is "Felma and Grace Cardin.". But for some reason when I look at this photo, I can't help but think "Thelma & Louise."
Self-portrait circa 1910. The only thing out of focus is the photographer. Does anyone know what kind of camera he's using? Scanned from the original 5x4 inch glass negative. View full size.
The place and provenance of this photo are unknown to me. Scanned from a large print. Perhaps someone can identify the uniforms? View full size.
Seeing that someone had just done it reminded me of this very old print I bought 10 years ago at an antique shop in Oberlin, Kansas. These pictures of immigrants posing in front of their sodhouses have a particular appeal for me. This one had even more because I bought it, I guess, just some miles away from where this house had stood. I have seen many of them, and I still think this is one of the best. View full size.