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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

SS France Boat Deck: 1963

SS France Boat Deck: 1963

This is a shot on the boat deck of the SS France that my dad took prior to our departure from Pier 88 in New York. Some of the men are intrigue with the two ladies walking in their summer attire. I’m the little guy at the top of the stairs. Not sure what I’m doing with my hand around my eye, but I think I had a small toy telescope. Obviously it wasn’t pointed in the right direction. View full size.

Strange device

I didn’t wear glasses back then. I started wearing those 44 years later. The photo is from a 35mm slide, so it is difficult to see some details. It could have been a toy gift given to children upon boarding the ship.

The boy atop the stairs

It looks to me like you're playing with some sort of toy. There's a stick in your right hand, and if you look in front of your shorts there's a white object that seems to be suspended from your left hand. If there's a string going from the stick to your left hand and then down to the suspended object, I'm guessing that it's some sort of toy. Picture's pretty fuzzy when blown up, but are you wearing glasses?

 
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