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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

Cars+Trucks

Frankies Friends on Bourbon Street: 1948

Frankies Friends on Bourbon Street: 1948

Frankie's friends with their cars in front of the Club Slipper on Bourbon Street, July 29, 1948. Names of his friends were already on the photograph. He was my first cousin but quite a few years older, I did not know his friends then. This picture is in my possession. View full size.

Homecoming: 1919

Homecoming: 1919

November 1919. Hoboken, New Jersey. "Dead soldiers from Russia. Funeral services for 103 slain fighting Bolsheviks." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Whiskey Wine Brandy Gin: 1939

Whiskey Wine Brandy Gin: 1939

September 1939. "Liquor store in Gateway District, Minneapolis." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

On Leave in Ontario: 1941

On Leave in Ontario: 1941

Photo of Frank Modrowski and fiancee Jen Reidel on a 1941 Plymouth Deluxe. The photo was taken in Kitchener, Ontario during the summer of 1941 while Frank was on leave with the Canadian Army.

The photo was taken by a family member with a 35 mm camera. Frank tells me that the Plymouth was his father's, and the photo was taken in front of his parent's house. He also says that the Plymouth was a dark blue, and his uniform was a light tan -- standard summer issue for a Canadian private.

In the background is a one-pump Esso service station where gasoline was sold at 14 cents a gallon. The Coca-Cola sign displays the name of the service station owner; John Dziura. View full size.

Let's Hear it for Seatbelts

Let's Hear it for Seatbelts

Taken in 1951, after reviewing this photo, seat belts are a good choice. View full size.

Summer Camp Sendoff: 1969

Summer Camp Sendoff: 1969

Indianapolis, Indiana, 1969: My sister Anne, age 9, is on the left in the turquoise shorts. She and her classmate Anne B. are sitting in the B's family VW van ready to leave for their first trip to CYO Camp Rancho Fromasa (near Nashville, IN).

Anne B. appears (literally) not to be a happy camper. In fact my sister said that her classmate stayed unhappy the whole time they were at camp.

While cleaning up the image I realized that the body lying in the back seat reading a book is likely Anne B's older brother, and my classmate, Mark.

35mm Slide film image taken by my father, digitized by my brother and tidied up by me. View full size.

Ready to Roll: 1919

Ready to Roll: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Red Cross ambulances at Washington Monument." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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