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Leo's Road Trip, c. 1928

Found in a wicker suitcase owned by Catherine Cahalan, John C. Cahalan's last surviving child, these images are a self-contained set of snapshots. After Catherine's death in 1985, the suitcase that contained these pictures went to Ann Marie Cahalan, Catherine's nice, and from Ann Marie to my grandfather, Joseph Cahalan, MD.


The pictures recount a road trip by several young men, one of whom my grandfather, Joseph Cahalan, identified as William Leo Cahalan Sr.  The series shows the group on what is obviously a fairly long journey, in two different cars.  Pictures among the group in front of what looks like university building may indicate a reunion trip to a shared campus.  

The date is provided by guesses about the models of cars shown.  Identification was aided here by a fortunate accident.  I posted these, as a curiosity, to a Facebook group, All Things Wyandotte.  Paul Gallagher, one of the members there recognized a photo--it seems he has several which were developed from the same negatives--and named several of the figures shown in the series.  I am grateful, since these were complete unknowns, aside from my grandfather's guess.  His are the identifications listed here.

Numbered in the order in which they were scanned, but only within this group, the collection includes photographs in which figures have been identified; that information is included in the captions to the images. The photos were first scanned on July 28th, 2019, and have been filed under that date. 

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