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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

In Her Sunday Best: 1962

In Her Sunday Best: 1962

My wife's aunt, June O'Neill, in her Sunday best, approximately 1962. Taken in her front yard in the River Park neighborhood in Sacramento, California. We now live in this house; the tree in the background is over 75 feet high now. View full size.

Hats and Gloves

Back then old traditions died hard: ladies never went anywhere without hats and gloves, or so it seemed. My late mom could have been equally dressed on many occasions, right down to the single gardenia corsage (her favorite for "best" occasions like a wedding anniversary, and always brought delivered from Rust Florist as a "surprise" afternoon gift from my dad)...

Around 2000, mom decided to let go of all her old best clothes, hats, gloves from the '40s and '50s. I convinced her not to toss them, but we'd instead take them down to a local "costume" shop specializing in "retro" fashion. The young women running the place were all proto-hipsters, and were astounded at the cut of each piece (quite a lot of the dresses or jackets hand-stitched in or near the waistline)...the beautiful, dressy hats, the stoles...kidskin and white cotton (tailored) gloves! Mom was astounded, too. She easily got around $500 for a lot of stuff that had been hanging in the back of her closet, and the hats in their old round hat boxes...

Right Shoulder, Car!

That looks to me like a 1956 Buick behind the lady. Hard to tell the exact model.

What a treat

To see River Park when it was "new." I was a 9-year-old in Old Land Park (right next to Taylor's Market, although I think it may have still been a Safeway back then) in 1962, and we already had big trees.

The car in the picture

Is a 1956 Pontiac.

 
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