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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Stair Hair Stare: 1972

Stair Hair Stare: 1972

My sister-in-law in the living room of my folks' Larkspur, California home. The stairs lead up to the bedrooms on the second floor, in one of which I was still domiciled, hence the freshly laundered pair of pants my mother has conveniently placed for my retrieval. My Ektachrome slide. View full size.

New Seeker

Remember the old Coke commercial, "I'd like to teach the world to sing."

Your SIL looks like she could have been an extra on that shoot!

That look reminds me of all the girls that used to come over and hang out with my sister back then. the big bell bottoms, the clogs, the aviator glasses, all the cool tie-dyed shirts, the list goes on.

re: The SIL legend

Actually, that April 2011 visit was the first time we'd seen each other in over 30 years, but it was like they'd never happened. She's amused by her Shorpy legendary status, which I'd clued her into earlier. My Nikon is a D5000.

Finally! We see the legend

I think it's great that your family has remained so close through all these years. Do they know that they are all legends as well as subjects of so much speculation on Shorpy! I'm sure I speak for several of us when I say having eagerly waiting every Sunday morning to see the latest tterrace posting, I almost feel as if I've met you all personally.

By the way is that a Nikon you're holding. I can't tell.It's been my personal choice of camera, since I started taking pictures in a big way, pretty much once we started having kids. I have nowhere near your talent for composition though.

Lyle

That '70s Hair

My hair looked exactly like that in the 1970s. I would sometimes crimp it (put it in small, tight braids) to get the wavy effect on the ends. I must say that your SIL always managed to look good, putting together the best of '70s fashion, such as it was. I was always in grubby jeans, clogs, overalls and cheap India print shirts. She looks great now, too, I might add, as do you -- thanks for sharing!

I had glasses like that

They looked good,but didn't help with the sun and the glare.
Sister in Law has a Mona Lisa allure!

Thanks as always.

SIL today

OK, so here she is, once again reflected in a mirror, between my sister and me in April of this year.

Legend

Keep the SIL photos coming tterrace! She's a Shorpy legend.

Exasperated

It does look like she's not that pleased that you took this particular shot.

Yet another visual reminder

of a wonderfully intriguing and beautiful woman. I hope the nearly 40 years since this photo have been good ones for her. Inquiring minds want to know, you know, but maybe it's better to live with our illusions.

It's back

The missing section of railing, that is.

Where is she now?

tterrace, through your many pictures many of us have come to know your family. What became of your sister-in-law and are there any recent pictures?

 
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