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

Log Train

Log Train

Redwood logging train in Freshwater, Humboldt County, California, before 1900. Photo by Ericson of Arcata.

mill town

mill town

Train in the mill town of Korbel, in Humboldt County, California, on the Arcata Mad river railroad. Taken about 1911.

Neenah, Wisconsin

Neenah, Wisconsin

Dressed up for a party in Neenah, Wisconsin, circa 1929.

American Airlines Skysleeper

American Airlines Skysleeper

I believe this is Burbank airport on a rainy day in the early 1940s. The DC3 first in the line is an American Airlines Flagship Skysleeper. These aircraft were equipped with individual berths and required approximately 17 hours to fly coast to coast.

Photo: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Turning Sod in North Dakota

Turning Sod in North Dakota

It took a lot of mule power to break that sod in North Dakota back in the 1890s.

Getting Ready to Ride

Getting Ready to Ride

Circa 1916 "convertible"

Brand New Horse

Brand New Horse

The Engels' brand new horse circa 1900 in Baroda, Michigan.

 
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