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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Travel & Vacation

Family Getaway: 1915

Family Getaway: 1915

Queens County, New York, circa 1915. "At Broad Channel, in the living room." A cottage in the Jamaica Bay island colony, where the fish are biting and the sweaters need mending. 5x7 glass negative, Bain New Service. View full size.

 

Yosemite: 1950s

Yosemite: 1950s

Here again we see our Yosemite travelers Bill and Gloria. View full size.

The Turning Point: 1910

The Turning Point: 1910

Colorado circa 1910. "Crystal Park autoroad trip. Pike's Peak and Cog Road from Inspiration Point, alt. 7945 feet." At the end of the road, a handy turntable. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yosemite: Mid-Fifties

Yosemite: Mid-Fifties

Here we see our two companions yet again, albeit one of them with an odd choice of footwear (or lack thereof). tterrace says the car is a 1954 Ford. View full size

High Sierra: 1930s

High Sierra: 1930s

Yosemite National Park seems to have been a favorite of this family throughout the years. I do not know the identity of the woman but she is in quite a few other pictures I have. View full size.

The Dennis: 1905

The Dennis: 1905

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905. "The Dennis." Where you can get pushed around on the Boardwalk. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Mirror Lake in Yosemite: Mid-Fifties

Mirror Lake in Yosemite: Mid-Fifties

One can see Bill Bliss and the girl from this photo on the other side. As guessed by tterrace, this is probably Mirror Lake in Yosemite. View full size

 
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