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Sibling Sandwich: 1955

Sibling Sandwich: 1955

Arlington, Virginia, in 1955. Squeezed between my sisters. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.


Consider yourself lucky; I have 7 sisters, which would have made for a very crowded photo.


This is a 'keeper'! Hope all are still well and ready to replicate the shot soon.

A picture like this is timeless.

It could have been taken today, or ten years from now.

This is such a sweet picture

Wonderful photo...the clarity and amazing Kodachrome detail makes it look like it was taken yesterday. I'm thinking of my two young daughters, about this age right now, growing up way too fast. Thank you.

Too Close for Comfort

Yes, I definitely felt it was torture being squeezed between two sisters. Now, I am happy to have this memory.

My sister, Jane, loved Pop-It beads, Bride Dolls and dolls that wet their pants.

The photo was taken by my grandfather.


Girl cooties!


It is apparent the love and camaraderie from young man toward the sisters. Any man who has sisters knows what this feeling is. If we could bottle this and share with the world -- touching.

So good in several ways

Lovely kids. Sweet pose. And photographer who, obviously, knew how to get a good exposure. But let's also give kudos to Kodachrome. What magical stuff that was. Here (to my eyes, anyway), the reds and yellows gently roll slightly toward orange. Or maybe I should say gold. Thanks JohnZ for sharing such a gem.

Awww Look at brother squirm

I can tell by your look that it isn't your favorite pose. :)

Pop Couture

Great photo, John! Your sister on the left is wearing Pop-It beads! Haven't seen those for years.

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