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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

Road Trip in Red: 1976

Road Trip in Red: 1976

When you find forty-year-old photos of yourself that you never knew existed, several thoughts may pop into your mind. For instance: "I dressed like that for a road trip?" Well, it was the 70s, after all. Thank goodness my friend had Kodachrome in his camera to fully capture the glorious redness of my trousers. While I enjoy the lovely view here somewhere near Monterey, California, other visitors seem to be dumpster diving. This slide was in a stash of them my friend and I unearthed in a spare room of his house a few days ago. View full size.

Ermine & Alligator: 1925

Ermine & Alligator: 1925

From around 1925 comes this uncaptioned 6x8 glass negative of Milady and her motorcar somewhere in San Francisco. View full size.

 

Surfside '64

Surfside '64

1964. "Miami Beach from Indian Creek." The Fontainebleau Hotel at left. Medium format color transparency, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Magic Jack: 1967

Magic Jack: 1967

"Store clerk, Little Jack Horner joke shop, Boston, 1967." Please do not handle the Jumping Beans. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

Radio Shack: 1963

Radio Shack: 1963

Boston, 1963. "Ralph Harris Co. -- Radio Shack." Purveyor of Raytheon and Realistic Lifetime Tubes as well as "Kodaks." 35mm negative. View full size.

 

Disneyland Honeymoon: 1958

Disneyland Honeymoon: 1958

Since July 17 is Disneyland's 60th Anniversary, and since Shorpy has recently scored a trove of medium-format color transparencies, I thought I'd post this one my sister took with her Kodak Duaflex at the Magic Kingdom on her honeymoon in February 1958. Why the sign on the train station is blank, I don't know, since at all other times it's read "DISNEYLAND" with the elevation and "population." Also... where is everybody? View full size.

Polynesia USA: 1965

Polynesia USA: 1965

1965. "Polynesia Pavilion restaurant, New York World's Fair." See you at the Fire Dance! Medium format Ektachrome, photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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