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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

First grade: 1969

First grade: 1969

My first grade class picture at the Jefferson School, Succasunna, Roxbury Township, Morris County, NJ. I am in the back row, second over from the teacher. Check out her big hair.

To my knowledge, all of the schools in Roxbury Township, except for the high school, were named for presidents.

Blatz Brewery Team: 1940

Blatz Brewery Team: 1940

Blatz Brewery Softball team Milwaukee, circa 1940. My Grandfather, Ray Kenitzer, is in the back row, 3rd from the left.

Busy Corner: Late 1970s.

Busy Corner: Late 1970s.

Earl Erdner's 1976 Mercury station wagon parked in front of one of his "Busy Corner" locations in either Salem or Gloucester County, New Jersey, late 1970s. 8"x10" photo I purchased at an antique shop.

All the "Erdner's Busy Corner" buildings still exist, but the business is long gone.

Eternity Carriage

Eternity Carriage

This photo was given to me by my then girlfriend about 15 years ago. She worked at a nursing home and had found it in the effects of a patient who had passed away with no family.

Location and photographer unknown. I'm guessing the wagon belonged to a traveling preacher. From memory I think the print is about 3"x6". If I can find it again, I will try to scan it at a higher resolution.

The Motor Shop: 1926

The Motor Shop: 1926

The Motor Shop, front counter, Barnegat, NJ, 1926. This was my great Uncle Sam's auto repair shop. He is the one at left. I'm not sure who the one is at right. He may be one of his brothers. 5"x7" photo purchased at an antique shop, which ironically is in the building next door to this one. This building now houses a flooring and carpet business.

Company Picnic: 1956

Company Picnic: 1956

Consolidated Engineering Company Picnic, 1956. La Verne Park, California. Lee Jensen and his 2-year-old daughter Lori Jensen saying hello to a stray dog. Lori disliked most dogs, but this one caught her eye.

Little Driver: 1906

Little Driver: 1906

Thomas “Jack” Gould in his father's (my grandfather's) car c. 1906. Clarence, New York. I don’t know the make of car.

Dog Days: 1983

Dog Days: 1983

My photo from 1983 from an employee picnic in Houston. These are my two sons enjoying the day with their new pup Chu-e.

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Featured image: Home Entertainment, 1943.

Terra Alta Train Depot: 1910

Terra Alta Train Depot: 1910

Terra Alta Train Depot in West Virginia. Built and completed in 1883 this depot was used for both Passengers and Freight by the B & O Railroad. Photo taken circa 1910

Not a Double Exposure: 1974

Not a Double Exposure: 1974

I took my camera and tripod to work one night in 1974 as a Vancouver trolley bus driver. This is a photo at the old (Chilco Street) Stanley Park Bus Loop with a 1948 Brill trolleybus.

In the background, and through the bus, you can see the Stuart Building, which was illegally demolished at 4 am a few years later. To obtain this shot, the camera was placed on the tripod, and the shutter was locked open. With all the bus lights turned off, the bus was originally parked at least a bus length further back.

The reason for all the sparks is this was a passing wire in the loop that was rarely used, and so the metal curve segments on the trolley wires oxidise, and if you power through them you get some great sparks. I pulled the bus forward, created the sparks, and parked it, turned on all the bus lights, and continued the exposure long enough to capture the image of the bus. But not for too long, as I wanted the Stuart Building to show through. So it was a single exposure, although it looks like a "double exposure". I used a Konica Autoreflex 2 camera with Kodachrome film. The loop had incandescent street lights.

There Was a Crooked House: 1962

There Was a Crooked House: 1962

Shorpy being the Historic American Photo Archive, and me being American and at this point in my life historic, I present from my archive a nighttime photo experiment I performed in winter 1962 while a teenage camera geek. This is how I made this time-exposure of our Larkspur, California house: I turned on all the lights in the front-facing rooms, also those on the porches and front walk, and added one more (my desk lamp) below the front porch. I set up the camera (an old c. 1920 folding job) in the cactus garden, opened the shutter, ran down to the bottom of that stairway and wrote out my name with a little flashlight, then ran back up and closed the shutter. Voilà! I used that old camera, a Kodak Folding Autographic Brownie 2A, because it was the only one around the house then that could take time exposures. No tripod receptacle, so I had to balance it on something or other. (I know it's winter because of the burlap sacks covering the lantana for frost protection. Oh, and before you ask, no, we're not related to the Addams family.) Scanned from the original "116" 2½ x 4¼ negative, slightly cropped at top. View full size.

Laid-Back Disneyland: 1958

Laid-Back Disneyland: 1958

This tranquil scene, much less the sight of people in suits, ties, earrings and heels, may have today's frazzled visitors questioning if this is actually the Magic Kingdom. Nevertheless, my brother-in-law took this Kodachrome slide there in February 1958. View full size.

Sturtevant Assembly Workers: 1945

Sturtevant Assembly Workers: 1945

Hyde Park, Massachusetts, 1945. A group photo of women assembly workers, many with their tools, in Building C of the Sturtevant factory. A variety of commercial and industrial heaters were built in this building section.

Hingham Shipyard: 1953

Hingham Shipyard: 1953

Hingham, Massachusetts, 1953. Westinghouse-Sturtevant temporarily leased this section of the shipyard for the manufacturing of mechanical draft fans until the completion of a new addition at the Hyde Park, Massachusetts, plant in 1954.

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