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Here is a picture of younger brother George, and I, playing with our "shared" American Flyer c.1958. The "steam" locomotive and tender cannot be seen, but on the floor you may spot several familiar items: signal bridge, telephone pole, water tower, small trackside tool shed. There are two windmills made of tinker toys, too. We had a cow that would block the track and quickly move out of the way when the train approached. Also in the room, with fanciful wallpaper, note the steam radiator, the peg desk and the record player. Burl Ives' "Bimbo" is probably playing. What imagination! What fun!
Kodachrome slide taken in Clinton, Iowa, c.1958. View full size.