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Christmas 1950

Christmas 1950

This is of my uncles Johnny (L), and Phil (C); and my father David (R), taken in 1950 in Columbia SC. Johnny and David were twins, both 15, and Phil was 2. The little "smiling boy" ornament behind Phil's left shoulder became a family heirloom until it was destroyed when my own house burned down in 2004. View full size.

 
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