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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Tweetsie Railroad: 1963

Tweetsie Railroad: 1963

This is a companion image to this one, taken in 1963 with a Kodak Junior Autographic camera at the Tweetsie Railroad theme park in Blowing Rock, NC. After doing some Googling I was actually able to learn the name of the man holding me; it was Fred Kirby, a local celebrity from Charlotte. There's also a Wikipedia article about him.

In the Days Before Lawsuits

I grew up watching Fred Kirby after church on Sundays with his Little Rascals show. We went to Tweetsie around 1969 and were elated to get a photo op with him. As he moved in closer to us, he stepped on my sister's big toe with the heel of his cowboy boots. She limped the rest of the day in the park as her toe turned black and blue. Good times!

 
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