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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

American Tourister: 1952

American Tourister: 1952

An unlabeled slide from the Linda series of Kodachromes. It seems to be 1952, and there are evidently sights to be seen. Commence tourism! View full size.

All in the Family

Other than the height difference, these two look like sisters.

Road Trip

It's Thelma and Louise, actually. Embarking on their journey.

No Sea Shells By the Sea Shore

The shell back porch chair survives to this day, but until this photo, I had never seen a vine of hearts design on the back of one. It is rather art nouveau, though I am sure it was contemporary to the time of the photo.

Suddenly it's 1952

Beautiful Color! When a Photo is this good the years just melt away and it's like looking into a window directly into a still living past.

I'm no Photographer, but I'm going to guess the Camera that took this slide was a wee bit better quality than the Kodak hanging around the woman's neck.

Styling nail polish

The lady on the left's right's manicure: She did not paint the "half moon" on her thumbnail and I am sure the rest of the fingers were painted in the same manner. That fad started in the 1940s. One had to have a very good manicure with the cuticles all cut back.

Very lovely!

I remember being dressed up to travel when I was a kid (shorts with knee-highs and coat and tie) as a matter of respect to the people of the area we were visiting. Now you can pick out the tourists on a week day by their cargo shorts and tee shirts. Meh, I guess my curmudgeon training was successful.

Kodak Brownie Reflex

This model camera was first introduced in May 1940 and discontinued in May 1952.

 
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