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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

A Man in Uniform and His Gal

A Man in Uniform and His Gal

When I found the pages of this photo album at a second-hand store in Lancaster, California, I was first attracted to the art deco styled 1930's car in the background with the authenticity of its black wall tires, muddy fenders, and battered hubcap. But when I got the pages home and began scanning them, I discovered there were four pictures of this same couple in which she was dressed differently and he was always in uniform. Was he showing off his gal or was she showing off her guy in uniform? I have no way to know. All of the evidence on those pages suggests this was a pre-Pearl Harbor enlistment; the photos appear to date to 1940.

An I Love Lucy-esque long trailer serves as the backdrop for the second look at the guy and his gal.

A third look at them finds him in a dress uniform and the couple standing next to an otherwise boring house with what might be canna planted in its garden.

The last of the photos in the series was from some kind of extended family gathering because there are numerous other groups of people in the album posed in this same spot. But once again the pair is posed together, suggesting they were husband and wife. View full size.

Machine Misters

Machine Misters

This photo was marked $2 some years ago; couldn't pass it up. It looks like a plywood making machine, and it looks brand new. View full size.

WWII Air Field

WWII Air Field

From the wartime photos of William C. "Bill" Schultz, PFC, Peoria, Ilinois (Feb. 25, 1924 - Aug. 9, 2002), 421st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 504th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), B-17 Flying Fortress (Training), B-29 Superfortress. Bomb Ordinance, Fuel and Supplies Truck Driver, Air Offensive Japan Campaign. Western Pacific Air Offensive Japan Eastern Mandates Campaigns. Northern Mariana Islands; North Field, Tinian and Saipan.

More information about Bill Schultz here. View full size.

Eggstravaganza: 1972

Eggstravaganza: 1972

My niece and nephews were coming down for an Easter egg hunt, so that gave my brother, his wife and me an excuse to color some eggs for the first time since our own childhood. I made a caricature of my brother, another that was supposed to look like the Western Hemisphere, and at the bottom center in a sort of holiday mashup, an homage to one of our favorite vintage Christmas tree ornaments. The brown ones were made via the traditional onion skin method and some forgotten arcane process produced the blue-and-white mottled jobs. Paste-on printed features from an egg-dyeing kit are on two, and two more are named for their creators. All posed against the lawn at the family home in Idyllic Larkspur™, California and immortalized by me with this Polaroid snapshot. View full size.

Traffic Jam 1940

Traffic Jam 1940

Eight 1930's cars sit in traffic. The closest one to the camera has a 1940 Indiana plate. I was able to determine that the plate on the car earlier in the line was 561 653 but not what state it was from. The photo came from an album found at a second hand store in Lancaster, California. View full size.

Ready to Roll: 1938

Ready to Roll: 1938

My dad on his Harley at age 18 in 1938, ready to head out from central Wisconsin to Montana and points west. His first big trip in a Harley-riding history that spanned over 60 years. View full size.

Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

Glass plate negative from the family album of Arline Webb, wife of Peoria, Illinois Police Officer Alvin "Jerry" Webb. Daughter of Garnet (Schbotka) Kneer and Fire Chief Rudolph “Rudy” Kneer. Uncle to Alderman Wendolyn “Wink” Kneer. (Photos taken in Tazewell and Peoria County). View full size.

 
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