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In a box of family photos I found some color negatives that were processed in 1954. This is Willie Mae Smiley (Aunt Jake) and Mike Etheridge, my Uncle Buck, in Parvin, Texas. [Note: the original image as submitted was backwards, so we've now flipped it.] View full size.