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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Yardbirds: 1950

Yardbirds: 1950

Circa 1950, Linda's mom at right with someone who might be her sister, and someone else who is definitely a dog. And, for those of you keeping track, the third box of paper napkins in this batch of 35mm Kodachromes. View full size.

Where have I seen that face before?

The mystery lady in the photo with Linda's mom bears a remarkable resemblance to Queen Elizabeth II as she appeared in the early 1950s.

The hollihocks

Those hollihocks haven't bloomed yet, so it places this pic as early summer, maybe June.

Linda's Mom

never smiles. She may be like my Aunt, funny as anything, but she's all frowned up like this is old photos, cos she hated having her picture taken.

Might Be Her Sister

Has nice legs.

Smiling Lady

Looks like she'd be a hoot to hang out with

Re: Something you fill with water

It may look like that, but the color is straight out of "Alien": I suspect predatory mimicry.

Chairs and flowers

My house was built in 1950, so a friend gave me a housewarming gift of two '50s webbed aluminum lawn chairs. The webbing was worn and frayed so she thoughtfully threw in a couple packages of replacement webbing. I sliced my fingers on the screws that hold the webbing in place, but I ended up with two comfortable chairs that I'm still using ten years later.

The plants along the fence are hollyhocks, which my gardener friends consider an "old-fashioned" flower. Yes, I have some in my backyard, near the aluminum chairs.

The Yellow pack

It looks like a Kodak box of some sort to me.

[Correct! 16mm Kodachrome movie film. These people were serious cinematographers. - Dave]

Some of the first words I learned to read

"In Hoc Signo Vinces," the Latin inscription on each of the thousands of red Pall Mall packs my parents went through! What a memory rush. I'd recognize that pack anywhere.

Escapism

This is sending me back to childhood bliss! I wish I could have the webbed aluminum lawn chairs in my yard and I've never seen such a nice split log fence. But I could have the Pall Malls on the lawn if I still smoked.

Woah! Re: Kodachrome Cine. Cool catch! I processed Kodachrome on a Pako 35mm cine machine at the Pako lab turned Brown Photo in Minneapolis for five years in the late '80's and never saw a 16mm film come through. Of course, regular 8 movie film is 16mm that you turn over after half the film is exposed and ultimately is slit and spliced to make a 8mm home movie. Too bad this stable media is no longer with us.

Smoking

It appears there are three brands of cigarettes in this photo. Camels, Pall Malls and the yellow pack. I don't think the yellow pack is Fatima or Old Gold. Maybe Herbert Tareyton?

And what are the things under the lady's chair on the right?

[Something you fill with water. - Dave]

 
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