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California Picnic II: 1959

California Picnic II: 1959

Hunts Peach Slices may not be as interesting as Schlitz beer, but in the previously related photo here - the next picnic table over, the question came up as to whether a six pack of Schlitz was enough for the family picnic. I believe this image answers that question and then some. As for that adorable tow-head on the bench - last seen at a family dinner table - he's my husband. In't he cute?? And his Momma (not the blond BTW) is smiling so sweetly at his Pop taking the picture. I just love this family. 35 mm Kodachrome. View full size.

For the Love of Melmac

Aluminum gem-colored tumblers paired with melmac dishes. That was part of the fun of the picnic - getting out the "special" picnic dishes!! And, of course, you had to have the tablecloth and it was also a special one just for use outside. Mom hung on to them all these years and when I found the box tucked away in the garage this summer - it was as if it were 1965 again! This photo does the same thing. Thanks!

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