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J.W. Smiley: 1954

J.W. Smiley: 1954

In a box of family photos I found some color negatives that were processed in 1954. This is my Great Grandfather, James William Smiley. These pics were taken in Parvin, Texas. View full size.

Great Texan and Great Texas Sky!

I love your photo. I miss that Texas sky, and your Great Grandfather looks like a good, hard-working man - the kinda folks that made Texas great. Do you know how old he was at the time?

Big Texas Sky

I've come back to view this photo for the 4th time and it's just beautiful. Your GG Father, the car and that gorgeous Texas sky are so compelling. Thanks for sharing.

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