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Vintage photos of:
Downtown Larkspur, California in April 1966, still largely as it was when I was growing up in the 1950s. That is, most of the buildings still housed establishments that catered to the everyday needs of the average middle-class family: two grocery stores, a pharmacy, hardware store, garage, variety store, even a roofing company, four of whose red pickups are seen in the center. As just two examples of the kind of changes since then, the garage (actually a reproduction of the original structure, which didn't survive a restoration attempt) now houses a salon and spa, and the grocery store my father worked in is an art gallery. I took this Ektachrome from the balcony of City Hall; it was 58 years old at the time, I was 19. This year I'll be turning 65. I always hated math. View full size.