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    [Johnny Baker]. Five Family Photo Albums. Five albums of varying size, which were kept by Johnny Baker's daughter Gladys. The first of this grouping, 11.25" x 7.25", was kept for her husband, Capt. William White of the 82nd Field Artillery ("Your only girl," she wrote on a photograph of herself.) Significantly, Capt. White was assigned to Ft. Bliss, Texas, at the moment that the Mexican Revolution threatened the peace of south Texas. In April, 1914, General John "Black Jack" Pershing arrived to take command of the troops at Fort Bliss and began by staging a morale-building parade for the citizens of El Paso. One of the shots in the album shows General Pershing in the parade in his open automobile. This and the second album, 9.5" x 8.25", contain numerous photographs of the artillery regiment at play and in maneuvers on the Mexican border. For more information about the Johnny Baker Archive, please click here.

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    Two albums of family photographs, 8" x 5.75" and 7.25" x 5.25", include three snapshots taken during the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena shortly after the 1922 completion of the signature stadium, the Rose Bowl.  There actually are four snaps since two of them have been almost seamlessly joined to make a panorama of the Rose Bowl game.  The final album, 7.5" x 9.25", comprises mostly family pictures taken after Gladys Baker White's move with her family to Denver.  They were there at the right time to help celebrate the triumphal national tour of the two French aviators who accomplished the feat of flying nonstop westward across the Atlantic.  Dieudonné Costes and Maurice Bellonte landed on Long Island on September 2, 1930, a little more than 37 hours after taking off from LeBourget, the field Lindbergh had made famous four years before.  After a ticker-tape parade in New York, Costes and Bellonte were feted at the White House before being given heroes' welcomes across the United States.  Gladys collected the autographs of Costes and Bellonte along with the signature of France's consul at Denver, Jean Mignolet, on September 23 and pasted them prominently inside the back cover of her album.

    Some photographs have been removed from the albums, but overall this group is an intimate and extensive look into the Baker family and their life.



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