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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Whee I

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Whee I

September 1961. Girls on an amusement park ride at Battersea Park, London. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Charles Eames. View full size.

Kodachrome never ceases to

Kodachrome never ceases to amaze me. This photo could have been taken last year (except for the fashions in the background.)

FUN!

I wish people still dressed up to go to the amusement park.

(Now it's all flip-flops and skin and ragged shorts and tattoos...and I'm including my own wayward child in that generalization, too!)

 
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