Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Family Jalopy Part 2

I thought I posted all of them last night, but I managed to miss a few. I added some later photos at the end to fill out the post.

I try to pick out a general style of car to figure out a photo's approximate date. For example, 1900-1910 was the era of the horseless carriage, 1910-1920 was the era of the open touring cars, and the 1920-1930 was the era of the skinny-fendered sedan. By the mid-1930's rooflines and fenders were rounding out and headlights were becoming parts of the fenders. By 1940 most headlights had been absorbed into the fenders and then rounded fenders began to disappear by the end of the decade.

OK, I need someone to push the pedals!


During this period a closed car was considered a luxury.

Ralph and Anna.

The family car awaits its next errand.

Looks like this automobile has gas lamps. That would be a nice parade car to have today.

Monford and the Bug. Looks like a homemade body from the hood to the spare tires.

The son of Benjamin Reuhl tries to use his powers to stop a snowball in mid-flight. It can be seen by the passenger side headlight.

Now there's a jalopy!

Two heads, one headlight.

Gene, his buddy, and his jalopy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Family Jalopy

Here are photographs of families and other folks with their automobiles. For a frame of reference, I am referring to the generation of cars built in the years just before and just after WWI. That would be a date range of about 1915-1920. Two things which distinguish these models from earlier years are the lack of a large handbrake lever on the outside of the driver's side and the sides of the body now run at dashboard height, all the way to the back. In addition, prior to this period many automobiles were right-hand drive.

Back in those days there were over 200 brands of automobile being built in this country. Some had names that would live on past WWI and the Great Depression, but most were absorbed into larger companies or closed for good by the end of the 1930s. For example, GM acquired control of Oakland Motor Car Company (of Pontiac, Michigan) in 1909 and created the Pontiac brand in 1926 to occupy a "price point" between Chevrolet and Oakland. The Pontiac ended up outselling the Oakland so GM dropped the Oakland in 1931.

The parents of Benjamin Reuhl are at each wheel. I think the other two are the parents of Mrs Reuhl. Shot at the Reuhl home just off of Mission Avenue in northeast Spokane. The family home is still there but now occupied by students attending Gonzaga University.

A family outing at the river, or lake. Those cars look brand new.

Looks like a country car. Check out the extra spotlight on the window frame.

Mother must not travel well. These days the position of her hands suggest she was making a cell phone call. License plate dated 1918.

The boys. Note the panel added between the front and rear fenders to hold cargo.

The farm-to-market car.

Visiting the country relations?

Ladies' day out.

A nice-looking car, the guy doesn't look comfortable.

Looks like a roadside stop, and perhaps a little unwanted attention from the male passenger.

Well-worn cars at a family gathering. The girl on the right would later become the mother of a girl named Beulah. I'll post some of her family photos in a later post.

This is a scan from a contact print which contained images from a Spokane-based traffic safety slideshow.

Ready to go to town to spend the egg money.

This is a scan of one of the prize images in my collection. It is from a glass plate negative that I won with other photos at an auction. The lot included old celluloid copes of glass plate negatives which were shot in Spokane in1915, and two original plates. That's just about the Holy Grail for me, as far as vintage photos go. I assume the car is in a repair shop, since the front end is damaged.
More shots to come, from the motoring public...


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Siblings Who Served: Jim and Pat Latham, USAF

On this Veteran's Day it came to mind that I did have photos of at least one woman who served. Pat Latham was an officer who served in Personnel and she was the younger sister of Jim, a fighter pilot.

I have acquired two photo albums which were assembled by Pat. They contain her mother Emily's photographs. According to a note in the front of one, the photos were divided between the siblings in 1988. I would guess that if Pat is still around, she'd be in her early 80s.

It looks like Jim's military career came to a close just after the Korean War, and Pat's started a few years later, in 1956. By 1976 she had achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Her assignments included Scott AFB, Langley AFB, and Fairchild AFB.

Jim in an enlisted uniform with mother Emily.

Pilot Jim, ready for action.

Lieutenant Jim, strickes a classic pose on an F-47. Emblem is from the 133rd Fighter Squadron. It was a New Hampshire Air National Guard Unit, designated in 1946 and then Federalized during the Korean War. The squadron was returned to New Hampshire control in 1954.
Lieutenant Jim, by the F-47 prop.

Lieutenant Jim and an F-84.

Officer Candidate Pat, with mother and Jim, Christmas 1956. These are faded color prints, I was able to bring some of the lost colour back by adjusting the Hue and Saturation.

Ofiicer Candidate School graduation photo, First Lieutenant Pat.

With Jim at the Alamo, after OCS graduation. Pat attended OCS at Kelly AFB, in San Antonio.

Military parade at Langley AFB, August 1967. Three C-130s and one C-7 in the background.

Lieutenant Colonel Pat with mother, Thanksgiving 1976. It's a nine year jump from the previous photo but there are no shots of her in uniform from that period.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Military Men: Germany, Korea, and Stateside

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day in the U.S. so I thought I'd share some of the men-in-uniform shots from the collection. I don't know if I have any photographs of women in uniform, but  we know they have been there in varying roles over the decades as well.

Tec 3 Leon W. Slade's discharge card, effective October 7, 1945. He was a shipping and receiving clerk who at one time attended the Army Ordinance School. He served in the European African Middle East Theater.

The next seven photos look to have been taken in Germany. They are scans of negatives and some of them are in rough shape. It's nice to be able to salvage something out of them for posterity.

The crew of a PBM Mariner.

Naval ceremony, photo dated 1939.

One of the estates I acquired containes the photo equivalent of a "little black book" from one of these guys. It contains photos of girls with notes on the back such as height and weight.

A portrait stamped by the Crescent department store, Spokane, Washington.

Future Washington State District 6 Representative Richard M. Bond, on the right.

Estate photo from the guy on the left.

Lloyd Kemmish, wife and son. I believe he last served in Great Falls, Montana.
This next three photos appear to be to be "in-country" shots from the Korean War.

He knows he's leaning on a bomb, right?

I believe the guys in the two shots above were attending lineman training at Fort Hood, Texas.

Hey, Joe, I don't think that collar pop is regulation. Other shots of this guy show he is pretty proud of his 1950 Mercury.
More to come.