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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Howdy Pardner: 1962

Howdy Pardner: 1962

This may or may not be the family who took the pictures of Bakersfield and points north in the big box of slide recently found at a thrift store. They are standing in front of what I think is a 61 or 62 Chevy, the gent on the left looks German to me (there are a bunch of slides from Germany in this lot) then there's the cowboy and on the far right is Buster from the show Arrested Development, or at least he looks like him. View full size.

'61!

We had a tan '61 Chevy Bel Air for nearly thirteen years. I am VERY familiar with those modified fins!

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

The second little girl from the left seems to be quite aware that her slightly older relative has the cowgirl hat, cowgirl boots and "lucky me" attitude while she has only ordinary little girl clothes. Reminds me of when my brother and his family of four vacationed for two weeks in Wyoming, caught cowboy fever and came home loaded down with similar western wear only to find it was way too outlandish and attention-getting to wear in their hometown of Westport, Ct.

 
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