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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dog Bath

Dog Bath

Another slice of life from the 30's-40's. Found snapshot.

Zelma

Zelma

My great-grandmother Zelma Josephine Rudes. As you might guess from this photo, she was quite a character. It's quite difficult to track down information about her because she went by several different names. Jo, Josephine, Zelma, Mary (?)...just whatever she felt like calling herself... I think we would have gotten along well.

Fort Sam Houston

Fort Sam Houston

My great-grandfather George Rudes (center), fire chief at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, during the late 20's and early 1930s (I believe).

Great-Great Grandfather WWI

Great-Great Grandfather WWI

My great-great grandfather Fordyce in his WWI uniform. I don't really know much about him, he was a pretty mysterious guy. It's a well-known family fact that he rode with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, but I haven't been able to locate proof of that yet.

Navy Ship WWII

Navy Ship WWII

My grandfather George "Jack" Rudes on his ship during WWII, preparing to brew some coffee for his fellow sailors.

Jamming in the Philippines

Jamming in the Philippines

My grandfather George "Jack" Rudes (center, with guitar). He was a really great guy who loved music. He mainly played bass but and here he is playing with some of the men he was stationed with in the Philippines during WWII.

Ancil West

Ancil West

My great-great grandfather Ancil West (standing at left). Among the many things he did during his lifetime, he was principal of a small school in Stockdale, Texas. Here he is with his teachers. My favorite part is the kids peeking out of the windows in the background.

 
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