The Allen family loved to travel. We’ve lived in Kansas Territory, Colorado (Climax, Leadville, Idaho Springs, Ophir and Glenwood Springs), Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, Hong Kong and Japan. Frequent family trips by land (usually via an Oldsmobile 88 of some type) included New Mexico, various Colorado destinations and an epic road trip to Mexico. W. R. Allen made frequent trips to New York, a city he lived in as a young child and adolescent, to visit a beloved maternal aunt. Ohio was another trip to visit a paternal aunt.
In his role as an aerial photographer, Walter Allen photographed Manila and its environs shortly after the Filipinos defeated the Japanese.
Taos, New Mexico, circa 1953
A favored destination spot for the Allen family across three generations | Taos was home to American artist Georgia O’Keefe | The archeological record of human existence at Taos is spectacular | W. R. Allen documented Taos over a thirty year period of time.
Climax, Colorado, circa 1920s
Home to the Climax Molybdenum mine | Highest incorporated town in America at 11, 750 feet | America’s most important mine during WW 2 | Origin of the Arkansas River | Home to Colorado’s first night skiing venue
More: Climax Mine & Town
Home to the extended Allen family
W. R. Allen lived in the Bronx in 1930s | He, my grandmother, father and aunts made frequent visits to Aunt Nelma and Cousin Harry | Nelma had moved to New York in the 1930s and never left | Some photos document a time in New York that no longer exits
More: Vintage New York
Hong Kong, 1977 – 1978
Rocky Allen and family lived in Hong Kong from 1975 – 1978 | Residences in Repulse Bay and Victoria Peak | Debbie lived with Rocky and his family and attended Hong Kong Baptist University
More: Coming Soon!