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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • MARS EXPLORERS WANTED

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Snowbirds: 1941

Snowbirds: 1941

January 1941. Sarasota, Florida. "Guests of trailer park enjoying the sun and sea breeze at the beach." Nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Chuck Kennedy's Auto Sales: c. 1950s

Chuck Kennedy's Auto Sales: c. 1950s

This Picture was Taken on Dresden Ave. at the gas station known as the Paramount, East Liverpool, Ohio in the Early 1950's. The fellow on the far right is Chuck Kennedy, and to the left of him is my father, Ed Bowyer. Kennedy sold new Nash's from his dealership on Walnut street, (I think it was 616)

The car business is not the same today as it was then. I remember the secrecy involved with the new car showings every year, and how we, as kids growing up in the fifties, had so much fun seeing the new models. View full size.

Judd & Detweiler: 1924

Judd & Detweiler: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Judd & Detweiler, Florida Avenue and Eckington Place N.E." Even as you read this, there is an excellent chance that within your household are one or more things that came from this building. What might they be? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Guaranty Loan: 1905

Guaranty Loan: 1905

Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building." Note the newfangled "horseless carriage" parked at the curb. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

1957 Chevrolet in 1958

1957 Chevrolet in 1958

Almost new 1957 Chevrolet taken in front of family store in Fitzgerald, Ga. in 1958. View full size.

Heel, Boy: 1920

Heel, Boy: 1920

Fall 1920. Washington, D.C. "Queen Quality Boot Shop, F Street N.W." Flanked by Victrola stores and a multiplicity of Nippers. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Street Life: 1938

Street Life: 1938

August 1938. Urbana, Ohio. "Street scene." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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