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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Easy Rider: 1966

Easy Rider: 1966

There I am in the white shirt and Giants cap riding with my friend Robert. He taught me to ride a bike after getting tired of hauling me around like this. One day he got off the bike and gave me a push and I was solo for the first time! Next-door neighbor Ray stands by as we prepare to launch. Dad's 1962 Ford Falcon at left was soon traded for a new '66 MG Midget and the Midget was soon traded for a new '67 Austin Healey 3000. Mom's new '66 Ford Falcon resides in the garage. This was our house on Claremont Avenue in East Richmond Heights in the San Francisco Bay Area. View full size.

 
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