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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

My family in the Dutch Indies before the war

My family in the Dutch Indies before the war

My great-grandparents moved to the Dutch colony of Indonesia at the end of World War I, where they ran one of the few, probably the only, car garage on the emerald isles.

They had a fantastic time there, the locals were happy to work for them or succeeded well in hiding their discontempt [contempt? discontent? - dave].

This is rather common, many Indonesians were very friendly and acted happy and many Dutch had no idea many of these people hated being colonised and dominated and exploited by the Dutch.

John Deere Model D Tractor

John Deere Model D Tractor

My dad and grandfather with local farmers in front of the old steel wheeled John Deere Model "D" tractor in rural Alberta.

Panama Canal construction

Panama Canal construction

A view of a raised house for an American management worker and his family during construction of the Panama Canal. Approximately 1911.

Viewing the Panama Canal locks under construction

Viewing the Panama Canal locks under construction

A view of one of the locks on the Panama Canal during construction. Approximately 1911.

Panama Canal Crane

Panama Canal Crane

A photo of a crane used by the American Panama Canal company during canal construction. Approximately 1911.

Martinez Bass Club part 2

Martinez Bass Club part 2

Another view of the Martinez Bass Club used by the Coast Guard during WWII.

Martinez Bass Club used by Coast Guard During WWII

Martinez Bass Club used by Coast Guard During WWII

The Bass club in Martinez California, donated to the Coast Guard for use in patrolling the San Francisco Bay and areas surrounding Port Chicago and Benecia Arsenal.

 
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