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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Grandmother's Family 1950

Grandmother's Family 1950

My grandmother's parents on the left, my grandmother and her brother. (1950)

Rudelle and Charles - April 1946

Rudelle and Charles - April 1946

My grandparents in 1946. Grandfather was in the Navy. They are still alive and together now in 2007. This was probably shot in Texas where they live.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

My mother's wedding portrait from March 1957. We miss you, Mom! Photo by Sarli, Miami. View full size. Everyone be sure to phone your mom this weekend.

Brand New Steamer: 1935

Brand New Steamer: 1935

Just days off the erecting floor at Lima Locomotive, Chesapeake and Ohio 4-8-4 Greenbrier type #604 poses for a company publicity photo. The Greenbriers were used in passenger service over the Appalachians from Hinton WV to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Newport News VA. Each of the four original Greenbriers were named after a prominent Virginia statesman. 604 was the Edward Randolph. She's so shiny you could shave in the reflection off the boiler jacket. Unfortunately, she'll never be this clean again!

Grandma Agnes

Grandma Agnes

Grandma Agnes in a "courting wagon," photographed by my grandfather in the early 1920s, possibly the day he proposed.

Circa 1880's George Hill and Lulu Kate (Vogel) Denniston

Circa 1880's George Hill and Lulu Kate (Vogel) Denniston

This image was taken around the time of their marriage.

Adelind Reinfleisch

Adelind Reinfleisch

Adelind Reinfleisch, my great grandmother. Taken some time between 1900 and 1915 in Des Moines, Iowa.

 
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