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My Grandfather: 1915

My Grandfather: 1915

My paternal grandfather (standing, far left) spent quite a lot of his life crewing on square-rigged ships (also known as "windjammers") out of San Francisco. These ships were owned and operated by Alaska Packers, which was a division of the Del Monte Corp (aka the California Packing Corporation). The company had a small fleet of these ships and they were involved in the salmon canning industry in Alaska. Outbound from San Francisco, they hauled up supplies for the canneries. On the return, they'd bring finished goods to San Francisco for eventual labeling and sale to retailer grocers.

Although steam had largely replaced wind powered ships by the turn of the 20th century, Del Monte found it more economical to sail these old steel hulled sailing vessels up and down the Pacific coast.

Golden Krust Bakery

Golden Krust Bakery

Found these pictures in my parents photo album. I have no idea who the people are. Thought others would get a kick out of seeing them.

Private Leo C. Ziv: 1917

Private Leo C. Ziv: 1917

Fort Dix, 1917. That's my 5'2" grandfather prior to being shipped over to France as part of the Allied Expedition Force.

While there, he won a boxing medal and was subsequently caught in a mustard gas attack. He lived for another 52 years with seared lungs and had to expectorate into the ever-present paper sack that he carried with him.

Hottest Slots in Town

Hottest Slots in Town

On a road trip in 1977 I visited Las Vegas and stayed for one night. I don't gamble, so I took Kodachrome slides of the incredible neon signs and watched the passing parade of people. This sign was all in motion, with sequencing lights making the fire hose appear to be spraying water to cool down the overheated slot machines.

The VIPs

The VIPs

Not sure who these people are, the cruise ship has me guessing somewhere tropical that was a former British colony.

New York City

New York City

Taken on boat to Liberty Island, late 40s early 50s.

Birthday Party

Birthday Party

No background on this picture, part of my slide collection.

Grandma

Grandma

I don't know where she got these ideas from, it seems to run in that side of the family.

Brothers, Cousins and a Sister

Brothers, Cousins and a Sister

Hanging out in Tallmadge, Ohio, probably around 1969 or so.

Brothers, Cousins and a Sister II

Brothers, Cousins and a Sister II

Hanging out at Christmas time, probably 1971 or so.

This One is Mine

This One is Mine

My cousin Scott had it all planned out before anyone else.

The Tree House

The Tree House

My brother and the neighbors helping construct our custom tree house. Lumber was expensive back then but we were thrifty and got the job done under budget!

Snack Time

Snack Time

My brother feeding his bear. I guess this bear likes his meals through his nose for some odd reason.

The First Car I Bought: 1965

The First Car I Bought: 1965

A 1963 Ford convertible. 3-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive, 352-cubic inch engine. The paint was metallic teal, which doesn't show up well in this Ektachrome slide I developed in my folks' kitchen sink. Did thousands of those. This was taken at Meramec State Park, near Sullivan, MO, I think. Almost as soon as I bought this car, I got drafted, so the guy I bought it from took it off my hands & sold it again. He was a prince. This was in an age where, as they say, hearts were light and cars were heavy.

The Hare and the Tortoise: 1948

 The Hare and the Tortoise: 1948

My Mom, Caroline Holder's first summer job was here at the Children's section of the Bronx Zoo when she was 16. She is the first girl on the left in the middle row.

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