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California Vacation: 1956

California Vacation: 1956

Marineland of the Pacific on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1956. Left to right are my two cousins visiting from Texas, myself, and my brother. Inside the 1955 DeSoto are my Granny and my Aunt. We are all enjoying our ice cream at the end of a day of watching the fishes. All but my little brother, that is. His ice cream has rolled out of the cone and can just barely be seen on the ground at his feet on the right. It wasn't the first or the last time that would happen to him. View full size.

German American Bank: 1911

German American Bank: 1911

Circa 1911. "Postal Telegraph Cable office below German American Bank. Possibly Detroit, Michigan." Downstairs: Lafayette Barber, offering Shower and Needle Baths, and something to do with electric vibra[...]. View full size. For a closeup of the Model T, click here. For the rest of the building, see this post.

 

Dad's 1946 Dodge

Dad's 1946 Dodge

My dad's 1946 Dodge Custom Town Sedan. Notice that the rear doors are hinged on the center post and not "suicide" doors. The Town sedan was the only Dodge with this feature. We thought this was the fanciest car we ever had. Two-tone maroon and gray velour upholstery and a speedometer that changed colors according to your speed. 50 mph and above was red. Taken in Melvindale, Michigan, in 1948. View full size.

Indy Imperial: 1904

Indy Imperial: 1904

Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904. "Imperial Hotel." Whose architectural style might be described as Romanesque Rococo Curlicue Baroque, and whose slogan could be "every exterior surface embellished." Note the early automobile. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1914. "Hotel Cadillac." Plus a variation on the 8:17 jeweler's clock sign. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Statler and Tuller: 1920

Statler and Tuller: 1920

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1920. "Grand Circus Park, looking toward Washington Boulevard, and Hotels Statler and Tuller." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Grandpa's New Tractor: 1936

Grandpa's New Tractor: 1936

My grandpa bought this Hart Parr 18-27 tractor from the Oliver Corporation in 1936. He also became an Oliver dealer at that time. This photo was taken at the factory as he was picking it up. The man leaning against the truck is "Shockey" Mishler.

My grandpa was a member of the Old Order River Brethren, also known as Yorkers. View full size.

 
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