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Linda's Birthday: 1958

Linda's Birthday: 1958

This picture is at our kitchen table in Upland, California in 1958. My sister Linda is showing her Tiny Tears doll on her third birthday. Notice only half a cake with 3 candles. My mom gave the other 1/2 cake to an 80-some year old named Gertrude. She lived across the alley. She could not cook, so my mom would have us kids take over part of our dinner to her many times a week. Mom had a heart of gold. View full size.

Old phones

Unlike the new cell phones of today, us old folks could actually hear the other person and they could hear and understand us clearly on the old phones with the big mouth and ear pieces. Can you see the old 50's tupperware dish next to the phone? Back then fondu or Vienna sausages and Velveeta and Ritz crackers. Gunsmoke or Hoppalong Cassidy or Bonanza. Million dollar movies or roller derby.


Love the story about your mom's generosity. The phone brings back many memories. Those rotary dials and everyone kept one on top of the phone book.


Your family appears happy and healthy. No doubt because of your parents kindness and generosity. Love Mom's curtains!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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