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Happy Overall: 1930s

Happy Overall: 1930s

Unknown boy in what is probably Southern California in the '30s. View full size.

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Oh Mr. Wilson ...

Makes me think of a brunet Dennis The Menace -- I wonder if he had a slingshot in his back pocket.

Papa, is that you???

My parents grew up in the Midwestern hot spot of Coffeyville, Kansas. Otherwise, this kid and my dad could be brothers. He always wore overalls as a kid. The only things missing were his hound dog and his trusty .22! Yes, he had a rifle when he wasn't much older than this; he used it to shoot squirrels to add to the family stew pot.

Wild Guess

With no positive landmarks showing I can only hazard a guess that he is standing on what now is Sepulveda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.

I arrived by this conclusion by the ridges of the mountains in the background.

That dip on the right third looks like the present day dip back of Burbank and that high ridge on the far left is actually a second ridge behind the first ridge and is where I see snow in the wintertime.

After too many winters of snow in Baltimore I and Snow made a deal.

Snow stays up in the mountains and I stay down in the Valley. A great compromise all around.

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