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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • MARS EXPLORERS WANTED

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Snowbound: 1954

Snowbound: 1954

The house in the background is my great grandparents, in snowy Michigan. The Model A and Mercury are both my Grandpa's cars. He graduated high school in 1954, which is when this photo was taken. He still owns the Model A, which is now restored. View full size.

Kensington: 1965

Kensington: 1965

Kensington, Maryland in 1965. South and Elizabeth at our grandmother's house on St Paul Street. South of Plyers Mill Road across from the park. In the background is a 1955 DeSoto. View full size.

Neighbors: 1935

Neighbors: 1935

December 1935. "Hamilton County, Ohio. Cincinnati slum dwellings." 35mm negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Indian Trails Texaco: 1940

Indian Trails Texaco: 1940

July 1940. "Gas station in Benton Harbor, Michigan." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Putting the Top Down

Putting the Top Down

Autumn 1957 and Robert Blake has rolled into Altoona, Pa., on his blue Electra Glide to help me put the top down on this MG. Photo taken on 8th Avenue around the 1900 block. OK, maybe that’s not Bobby Blake after all. Check the fine Pontiac behind me. View full size.

Brothers

Brothers

Early shot of my brothers and some sweet chrome! View full size.

Vacation Time: 1969

Vacation Time: 1969

Leaving Walnut, CA for Wyoming and Nebraska in July 1969. I'm on the left, trying to look cool, going to start high school in the fall. Yikes, those socks!

There's my Dad and Mom, who appeared in earlier pictures. They're showing some age progression. Both are in their early 40s here. My little brother was a surly bundle of anti-joy then, and he whined a lot through the whole trip.

We packed up the '64 Chevelle wagon and left for the great unknown. As a surly teen, I read a lot of books along the way and grunted and moaned a lot. During the trip, we heard about the Charles Manson family murders in Los Angeles, and being only 30 or so miles away, I was really scared to come home.

It all worked out ... thanks for looking and I look forward to your comments. View full size.

 
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