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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Gehrig, Jawish and Ruth: c.1930

Gehrig, Jawish and Ruth: c.1930

Lou Gehrig, Buddy Jawish and Babe Ruth at Griffith Stadium Washington, DC around 1930. The Jawish family lived on Porter Street in Cleveland Park, DC. Mrs. Jawish was friends with the Griffith Family.

Patterson Field: 1943

Patterson Field: 1943

Print found in a second-hand store in Portland, Oregon. Reverse has note which says "July 20, 1943 Patterson Field" and "Joey Boling in center". I am guessing a B-17F in the background. View full size.

Silver Sentinels: 1932

Silver Sentinels: 1932

The tank farm, where chemicals are received and stored for use in the processing of tungsten metal, at a General Electric plant on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. From a 5 x 7 glass negative taken shortly after the plant opened in the spring of 1932. View full size.

A Lesson in Mid-Century Modern: 1955

A Lesson in Mid-Century Modern: 1955

The original mid-century modern furniture and accessories my parents bought for their Levittown, Pennsylvania starter home are behind me as I sit (fully clothed) in a potty chair, about to check out how that book tastes. The furniture includes two green sectional couches, a fifties blonde wood triangular end table with drawers and decoy duck lamp. Also in the picture are a freeform fifties ashtray (because everybody smoked in 1955), a rainbow stripes carpet and a 1950 ivory RCA 1-X-56 AM-only radio that you can see the the power cord and bottom half of.

The brick wall is actually a part of the fireplace that divided the kitchen from the living room of the Levittowner model of these 1953 homes. Every home had exactly the same one, with a crawl-through fire pit area that opened to both the kitchen and living room at the end. Scan was made from a negative. View full size.

Water Color Painting, Levittown PA: 1956

Water Color Painting, Levittown PA: 1956

One of my absolute favorite childhood games was painting the fireplace bricks with water. If you don’t believe it is a good way to entertain a pre-school child, give that child a paint brush, (such as the one in my hand) and a cup of water, and let them loose on any porous surface that changes color, such as a cement patio, driveway, stones, or bricks. You can barely see the areas I painted, to the right of my face, but you can certainly see my glee.

That unique-to-Levittown crawl-through fireplace which connects the living room (where I am sitting) to the kitchen is also in view. Beyond it are the mid-century modern Paul McCobb kitchen chairs and table my parents bought in 1953 to furnish their then-brand new house. Photo was taken with an Argus 75 box camera and sure-to-wash-out-all-faces flash bulb by one of my parents. Scan was made from a negative. View full size.

Corporal Albert W. May: 1918

Corporal Albert W. May: 1918

Photo was probably made in or about November 1918. The insignia patch of the 167th Inf., "Rainbow Division," was originally a full half-arch, but was later reduced to the "quarter arch" shown here, to memorialize the half of the division's soldiers who were killed or wounded. Albert W. May died in Oct 1975 at age 83. View full size.

The Family Begins: 1947

The Family Begins: 1947

My parents, Alfred and Joan Carsola, married 70 years ago, June 21st 1947. View full size.

 
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