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Vintage photos of:
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.
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!
This is a portrait of the Reinfleisch women (family from my mother's side) believed to be taken either after arriving or shortly before departing from the homestead in Michigan. Date uncertain. The woman in black is almost definitely Beate Reinfleisch, my great-great grandmother, who lost her husband and second son there.