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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dynasty: 1956

Dynasty: 1956

Southern California circa 1956. Some of our picnickers are back for a multi-generational, ensemble-coordinated portrait on the couch. View full size.

A similar collection of photographs

from the same time period, mid-50's, of African-Americans in Waco, Texas was found several years ago by historian Mike Cochran. There were 414 in all, black and white, in a bag in an antique shop. They needed lots of attention and he was able to get a grant to assist him in making them presentable and they are now available online at the link below. One of the subjects of a photograph, a youngster with a bicycle in 1952, identified the photographer who lived from 1902-1999 as his neighbor. There was a story about him recently in our local newspaper.

http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/partners/PCMC/

Twins?

What a beautiful & healthy family.
The two girls on either side of the Mom look like they could be twins. They're both wearing the same blouse as well.

SMILES

With all the headlines about damaged children screaming at us every day, it is a delight to see the beautiful smiling babe in your photo. Thank You!

Image quality

Hey Dave, how much clean up and adjustment was required on this image? Most of the slides in this series seem to be nicely color saturated, with good lighting, and devoid of the extraneous "junk" usually found on old slides. Nice job! (Is that our "loves olives" girl in the back?)

[The film scanner and software do all of the cleaning up. - Dave]

Bring back those styles!!

Seeing photos like this from the 50's makes me long for the clothing styles of the times. You don't see any of these pretty ladies wearing t-shirts with logos on them or tank tops. They look beautiful and a good part of that is what they're wearing, and you can tell they know it.

Hoping descendants look at Shorpy!

I'm enjoying getting to know this family, as well as the time when I was a baby (I was born Sept. 1954), through these amazing photos! I sure hope someone will notice them and think, "Gee, that looks like Aunt Sally", or "They look like some neighbors we had growing up", etc.. Similar things have happened!

That family sure had a lot of pretty girls!

 
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