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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Baby in mourning?

Baby in mourning?

Tintype of an infant dressed in dark clothing. Babies were usually dressed in white. Could the family have been in mourning?

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

A Victorian tintype of a handsome (and patient) dog.

Grandpa Joe in WWI

Grandpa Joe in WWI

Joseph Burns, my maternal grandmother's second husband, circa WWI in his military finery. This photo on a postcard was given to my mother at my grandmother's passing, then passed on to me! Grandma said Joe "was a great dancer" and she had 15 years of marriage with him before his passing...

Beach Party 1901

Beach Party 1901

A day at the beach circa 1901

Geneva c. 1900

Geneva c. 1900

Photo taken at, what looks to be, the intersection of Pont Du Mont Blanc and Quai Du Mont Blanc. Written in pencil on the back is the following:

One of Geneva's busiest corners - Carriage to the right is on bridge crossing Rhone. To the left port of Geneva with "Les Voirons" in back ground. Mountain in the center is the Môle.

Unknown Marines 1945/46

Unknown Marines 1945/46

After returning to the states from the South Pacific battles in late 1944/early 1945, Dad was stationed at Parris Island where he ran the NCO Club. He was finally discharged in April 1946. This photograph was found along with some of his discharge papers. I have no clue as to who the Marines are or what is going on. My guess is that the photograph was taken in the base brig. Could also be a bunch of new recruits. The war was over and life was good, even if this was the brig.

Granddad and Aunt Carlyn

Granddad and Aunt Carlyn

Gorgeous picture of my grandfather and aunt, taken around 1938, likely in Detroit. My grandmother was the photographer.

 
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