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I honestly am not sure what is going on in the picture. My grandpa Frank is the one standing in front of the office door. It seems like a posed picture too, but what the man on the left is showing, I don't know. But it seems like everyone is having fun. Taken around the mid 1940's. View full size.
Oops, car trouble. I don't think it ruined the vacation much since there are so many other pictures of the Yosemite vacation. Doing a little bit of research, it's a Mercury, likely a 1939. CORRECTION: It is a Ford, was correct originally. View full size.
This is from a group of photos of my dad's family during a road trip to Yosemite National Park. Judging from other pictures with my dad as a kid in them, I'm thinking this was around 1946. (Sadly he is not around anymore) I wish that old Ford was still around, though not likely as he traded in cars every few years.
Daddy (right) and his best friend, Bob Haack. This pic was taken in October 1953 at a photo booth in Woolworth's in Milwaukee. My dad was 16 and joining the Army soon. I love how the double exposure makes it look like they both have two cigs in their mouth - double the pleasure! View full size.
My grandma Elsa Poeschl (nee Wetzel, not married yet) at age 18 in 1929 in Milwaukee. She was always the stylish one. View full size.