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Gordon brings home a bear cub

My brother and sister with a bear cub in our home, 1965.

Bob and Susan Sharp playing with a bear cub, Gordon Sharp in the back. April, 1965, Reedsport, Oregon.

My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp has been scanning old photos he’s digging out of boxes at his mother’s house. These two are terrific and tell a great story.

“My father Gordon Sharp owned and operated Sharp Logging Company that he and his father established in the early 1950’s near Reedsport, Oregon. He was at one of his logging sites in April, 1965 and came across a bear cub with no sign of its mother around so he brought the bear home and it liked being with us. We fed it milk with a baby bottle and took good care of it. My mother remembers that Gordon contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the bear was relocated, maybe to a zoo.”

My father feeding a bear cub in our home, 1965.

Gordon Sharp feeding the bear cub, April 1965. Reedsport, Oregon.

Scanned postcards of early 20th Century America

These picture postcards capture the monumental scale of America in the early 20th century

Rian Dundon, editor at Timeline has put together a fantastic collection of scanned postcards of things like the Flatiron Building under construction in 1902 to a scene of Market Street in San Francisco after the earthquake in 1906. It’s an amazing collection.

I recommend zooming it out, the images are high resolution and scale up well.

Anne and bicycle

Anne and bicycle

1959, Evansville, Indiana.

My wife Anne Latham and her (blue) bicycle. She was 12 when this image was taken.

Anne’s sister Betsy was cleaning out a drawer and found this photograph and sent it to us. Anne hadn’t seen it or thought about it since it was taken. Amazing how an image can be a wormhole back to another place and time.

Anne, Margie and cousins

Anne, Margie and cousins

1952, Kewanna, Indiana.

My wife Anne (on the right) and her younger sister Margie (center) and cousins at their aunt’s house. Anne and Margie grew up in Evansville, Indiana but spent parts of summers at their aunt’s farm upstate.

Update: Left to right: Mary-Nell Masteller, Sally Masteller, Margie Latham, Barbara Masteller, Anne Latham.

For perspective, here’s a more recent picture of Anne, Margie, and siblings:

Latham siblings

Left to right: Mary (Latham) Weeks, Margie (Latham) Bosse, Buzz Latham, Betsy Latham, and Anne (Latham) Wanderman (my wife).

Images of Ellis Island

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Immigrants being served a free meal at Ellis Island.. Levick, Edwin — Photographer. 1902-1913

The New York Public Library has a Flickr album of images of immigrants coming through Ellis Island at the turn of the century: Ellis Island Photographs.

My mother’s father Samuel came through Ellis Island in 1904 when he was 15 years old. He was the first in his family to come to the United States from Europe and over the next ten years he brought his eight siblings and his parents to the U.S. All of them are in this picture at the burial of his mother at Mt. Zion Cemetery in New York in 1918.

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Frances at NYU

Frances at NYU

New York, 1934 (maybe).

My mother went to NYU (New York University) and I’m guessing this picture is from that time. Tough to tell for sure but it seems that way.

She was an English major and when she graduated she worked at various magazines and publishing houses as an editor. She wasn’t career driven although my guess is she did well at whatever she did.

I’ve been scanning old pictures for a photo album I’m making for my mother for her 100th birthday, coming up on May 26th.

My parents and me

My parents and me

I’m guessing this was taken in 1953 (I’m 2, my parents are 38). Walter, Frances, Richard. This was shot by a professional portrait studio in New York and printed on very nice rag paper. The texture on the paper makes a nice, soft print although makes it tougher to scan. I didn’t correct the color on this one; it was no doubt printed as a monochrome but I’m not sure if the sepia tinge is age or was in the original print.

I’ve been scanning old pictures for a photo album I’m making for my mother for her 100th birthday, coming up on May 26th.

My mother and her siblings

My mother and her siblings

My mother is about to have her 100th birthday (May 26th) and I’ve been scanning old photographs and putting together a small album of the arc of her life (so far).

This is a professionally shot group portrait of my mother and her siblings. Anne and I are guessing she’s about 17 here which would make the year 1932.

L-R (oldest to youngest): Irving, Bertha, Frances (my mother) and Lillie.

My mother is the only one still alive.

This very nicely shot portrait was beautifully printed on textured rag paper. The texture on the paper made the contrast take a hit in scanning so it took some work to get the image contrasty enough to reprint successfully. It was also a faded sepia print and keeping it sepia didn’t work well so it got converted to black and white.

Gary Sharp at “Koobdooga”

Gary Sharp at "Koobdooga"

Gary Sharp in Eugene, Oregon, around 1982

When I lived in Eugene (for the second time) I hung out in a bookstore called “Koobdooga” (A Good Book spelled backwards). I thought it might improve my terrible reading skills to just be near books and people who read them. Seriously. Well, I was right because the manager of the store, Gary Sharp, helped me learn how to read by recommending good books to me and encouraging me to become more “literary.”

Gary and I went on to become good friends during that time and our friendship continued after I moved back to Connecticut and he left to take a job as assistant and then director of the North Bend, Oregon Public Library.

I find it hard to believe I never scanned and posted this image which I treasure but I searched and can’t seem to find it on Flickr.

Gary remains a dear friend and this may be the very first time I met him. Amazing.