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Drinking & Driving: 1965

Drinking & Driving: 1965

I was small enough to fit in the "Fire Chief" pedal car, but not strong enough to operate it. By the time I was strong enough, I was too big for it. It was parked in the garage for many years, serving as a condo for spiders. To my right is my first guitar; I'm sure it met a quick demise. To my right rear is a G.I. Joe accessory, a polystyrene jet fighter modeled loosely on the Grumman F9F Panther of Korean War fame (similar examples available now on eBay for a hefty coin). Plastic ruled even in those days. View full size.

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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