My Father-in-Law, Alvin S. Tilley | 10/31/07

Lt. Alvin S. Tilley flew 33 missions as a bombardier during WWII, often aboard the "Huckleberry Duck" a B-17 Flying Fortress. Below the picture is a poem from his scrapbook (plain text below that).

photographer unknown || 1943


Blessings on thee, Bombardier.
You drop your bombs without a cheer.

But we will cheer for you at night
'Cause we're the gals that fix the sight.

Wash your face before you lean
To keep the rubber eyepiece clean.

Don't drop crumbs upon the lens
Or we'll no longer be your friends.

The nuts and bolts that you can see
Are not for you; so leave 'em be.

Keep the covers all in place
So grit won't grind the prism's face.

Have a safe, successful run
And for us three.
Please drop one!

Janie - Rt. 9, Box 3181 Sacramento
Janie - married
Joey - Rt. 5 Box 6205 Sacramento

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My Wife's Grandmother and Aunt (2nd and 3rd from right) | 10/29/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

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Identities Undetermined | 10/25/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

A tintype found amongst others in the personal photos belonging to my wife's long-deceased grandmother.

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Group Portrait From My Wife's Family Album | 10/17/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

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Identities Undetermined | 10/17/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

A tintype found amongst others in the personal photos belonging to my wife's long-deceased grandmother.

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Maude Fitze (2nd from top) | 10/15/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

"The band broke up because I couldn't bear Rotten anymore because he was an embarrassment with his silly hats and his, like, shabby, dirty, nasty looking appearance."

~Sid Vicious

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Calvin and Maude Bonham | 10/14/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

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My Wife's Grandmother, Maude Fitze | 10/13/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

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My Uncle Bud, Aunt Gerty, and My Mother, Bernice | 10/12/07

photographer unknown || approximately 1922

"It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea."

~Dylan Thomas

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My Aunt Mildred and Uncle Harry in Atlantic City | 10/11/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."

~Eudora Welty

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Esther Bonham, My Wife's Aunt: 4 Months Old | 10/10/07

photographer unknown || 1908

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My Grandparents: Lena and Morris Feldstein | 10/09/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

"As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long."

~Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Aaron and Gnessie Babis, My Great, Great Grandparents; Ostrog, Russia | 10/08/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

"A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he's being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks. He's implicated in what's happening, and he has a certain real power over the result."

~Richard Avedon

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Friends on Bowling Trip to Buffalo | 10/07/07

photographer unknown || early 1950's

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My Uncle Bud and Aunt Faye in Atlantic City | 10/06/07

photographer unknown || early 1950's

ETHEL : If I let my hair go like that you'd never let me hear the end of it.
FRED : Honeybunch, if the rest of you looked like that I wouldn't care if you were bald.

From an Epsiode of "I Love Lucy"

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My Great Aunt Anna (top left), My Grandmother Lena (top right) | 10/05/07

photographer unknown || 1910-1920

"I long to have such a memorial of every being dear to me in the world. It is not merely the likeness which is precious in such cases, but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing ... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think and it is not at all monstrous in me to say, what my brothers cry out against so vehemently, that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest artist's work ever produced."

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Members of My Family (names unknown) | 10/04/07

photographer unknown || date unknown

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."

~Diane Arbus

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My father-in-law, Lt. Alvin S. Tilley, Bombardier on B17: "Huckleberry Duck" | 10/03/07

photographer unknown || during WWII

"The departure of our boys to foreign parts with the ever-present possibility that they might never return, taught the real value of photography to every father and mother. To many a mother the photograph of her boy in his country's uniform was the one never-failing consolation."

~Louis Fabian Bachrach

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My Father in Tunic and Belt | 10/01/07

photographer unknown || approximately 1920

"They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they'll still be there looking at you."

-- Diane Arbus, from a letter to Davis Pratt, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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