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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Big Catch

The Big Catch

Three young boys show off their big catch. The boy on the far right could be Earnest (or Ernest) Johnston. Otherwise the place, location, and photographer are unknown (likely taken in central Nebraska).

On a side note, notice the dark faces and pale legs. These boys clearly worked outside wearing overalls and jeans. And the pale band on their forehead shows they wore hats.

My Mom's Prom Night

My Mom's Prom Night

This is a photo fo my mother on her prom night sometime in the late 1940's or early 1950's.

Richard Paul Wallace, about 1919

Richard Paul Wallace, about 1919

My Dad in Anderson, Indiana, about 1919. Knickers and his hat on sideways. He became an accomplished pilot in the 30's and Marine bomber pilot in WWII. After the war he settled in Southern California. A truly great man.

Pennsy Es on the Horseshoe Curve

Pennsy Es on the Horseshoe Curve

My Dad wasn't really a train fan, so to speak, but we're genetically disposed to appreciate transport in its many guises.

He roamed western Pennsylvania as a field director for the Presbyterian Church and on one of his trips in February 1960, he made a stop at the Horseshoe Curve and recorded this express train headed to points east.

Photographer Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Little Rose

Little Rose

Little Rose Boneville, getting some sun in Uncasville Connecticut, circa 1913

Wedding Day

Wedding Day

Rose Boneville Chagnon on her wedding day in 1930, in front of her home on Maple Ave in Uncasville, Connecticut

Honeymoon Train

Honeymoon Train

Roland Chagnon and Rose Boneville Chagnon leaving for their honeymoon in 1930 from the train station in New London, CT

 
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