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Hard to believe that in the days before email locomotive portrait photographers had their own photo-sharing network, trading pictures among each other to fill in gaps in their own negative collections. All were valuable, but unusual number combinations like this were highly prized.
Texas & Pacific Railroad Texas-type #666 is at Shreveport, Louisiana in September, 1949. T&P engine crews did in fact refer to this locomotive as "The Devil Engine". View full size.
Culture of the vine. The time of the grape harvest is there. The tree on the line is a peach tree. The grape harvest was not mechanical for a better preservation of grapewines and all the village took part. South-west of France circa 50. Bordeaux area. View full size.
Culture of the vine. The rows of vines were too close to make pass a tractor and only a horse could do this work. The oldest man was my mom's uncle and the other one was his cousin. Early 50's in the southwest of France. Bordeaux area. View full size.
A typical view of the rural life in France in the very early 50's. This photo was shot by my Daddy, in the southwest of France. View full size.
A friend is having me scan some of her family photos, and I fell in love with this Kodachrome slide; she gave me permission to post it to Shorpy. It's her sister and their great-grandfather on his farm in Sabattus, Maine, in 1964. View full size.