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Vintage photos of:
In 1953, my Mom and Dad, my grandparents, and my Uncle Elmer hooked up the trailer, piled in the Ford and headed east.
Our family is genetically tied to transportation, especially railroads, so this shot of my Uncle getting back into the car is quite atypical - normally he'd have been staring the train down.
Fun shot, nonetheless. I think it is along the Columbia River, but I'm not sure.
Photo: Don Hall, Sr.
Biloxi, Mississippi - The Biloxi Bakery's retail shop - featuring two standing loaves of Fred Klein Sr.'s Famous French Bread.
Left to right are Feenie, Fred Sr., Verna and Fred Klein Jr. The shop was remodeled two years later when a restaurant and delicatessen were added on (to the right side of the picture).
Three delivery trucks in front of the Biloxi Bakery and Confectioneries. known by the locals as simply Klein's. For over sixty years it supplied the Biloxi - Gulfport - Ocean Springs areas with fresh baked goods. Fred Klein Sr., the founder, claims when he left New Orleans at the turn of the century, they forgot how to make REAL french bread ... He had backup for his claims as some of the deliveries were made to New Orleans! His bread was even flown to California and New York when visiting dignitaries from the local air base were in town!
The Biloxi Bakery workers of 1913 - the founder, Fred Klein Sr. is in the middle - arms folded. Famed for his New Orleans style french bread, he operated the bakery until his retirement in 1964. His three sons operated the bakery until 1973 when it was demolished to make way for an urban renewal project - that subsequently failed! No air conditioning, no overhead lighting (except for the gas mantle globed lamps), just lots of flour!