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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

In Front of the Half Moon Inn 1943

In Front of the Half Moon Inn 1943

This is a photograph of me in front of my grandfather's bar, the Half Moon Inn. It was located on White Plains Road between Maran Place and Lydig Avenue, Bronx, NY. The bars are holding up a canopy in front of the Half Moon Inn. The camera is facing north, and the elevated railroad, on the left, runs above White Plains Road.

Chesapeake & Ohio 300 and 1612

Chesapeake & Ohio 300 and 1612

On the inbound tracks at the Hinton, W.Va., engine terminal circa late 1940s are #300, class L-2 Hudson (4-6-4), just in off a passenger run from Cincinnati or Detroit; and #1612, a 2-6-6-6 Allegheny class H-8, used primarily in push/pull coal drag service over the Appalachians to Clifton Forge, Va. The engine crew at the left brought in one of the engines; not sure which one. C&O Railway photo. View full size.

Boston & Maine #4000

Boston & Maine #4000

B&M 4000, T1a class 2-8-4 smoking it up on the ready track in Boston circa 1930. Built by Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio in 1928. Considered ugly by most railfans due to the "Cobra Hood" Coffin feedwater heater mounted on the front of the boiler. Photographer unknown. View full size.

Nir and his grandfather

Nir and his grandfather

This photograph is part of a series I made, documenting family relationships in my kibbutz. In it, Nir, a young Israeli soldier is holding a photograph of his grandfather who was a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War One. Rather sad in that time passes and young men, generation after generation, still have to become soldiers...

Passover in Juarez

Passover in Juarez

This is the Jewish Passover Seder in 1922, in Juarez, Mexico. Among the celebrants are the parents of my late wife. What is especially interesting is that most of the people here were refugees from the Russian Revolution who wanted to reach America but were stuck still in Mexico - mostly in Chihuahua and living in caves!

We still have an old newspaper clipping in which my father-in-law says that living in a cave is difficult but preferable to the conditions they had to endure during the revolution in Russia!

Jerusalem surrenders to the British

Jerusalem surrenders to the British

This is a famous photograph taken just before Christmas, 1917 and it shows the surrender of the city of Jerusalem to the British Army. The campaign against the Turkish army had succeeded and the Turks were in total retreat. The city authorities awaited the British army which was already nearby and finally the mayor (the man in the fez and carrying a cane) and the local police went out looking for advance units of the British Army in order to surrender to them. They encountered these two British soldiers who were simply out scavenging for tobacco and the mayor handed them a white flag as token of surrender. A photographer of the American Colony Photo Service, accompanying the mayor recorded the incident. At first the two soldiers, a private and a sergeant, didn’t want to accept the surrender but the mayor and his party were insistent.

T-1 Duplex: 1940s

T-1 Duplex: 1940s

Pennsylvania Railroad T-1 Duplex, East St. Louis, late 1940s. Not sure whether the man is the engineer or a roundhouse worker. Whatever the case, he and those like him vanished along with the steam locomotive. The T-1 duplex-drive passenger locomotive was capable of speeds well in excess of 100 mph.

 
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