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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Beached: 1942

Beached: 1942

June 1942. "Redding, California. Youngsters at the beach." Kids these days! Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hair pulling

Ugh! I HATED those rubber bathing caps! They were hot and they stuck to your hair and pulled it getting it on and taking it off!

Sacramento River

Exciting to see my neck of the woods! The still impressive railroad trestle, Southern Pacific at the time, now Union Pacific was new trackage permanently rerouted due to Shasta Dam construction (1938-1945) on the Sacramento River. The old right of way along the river is now a path from Redding CA to the dam. The kids are in an area that was a popular swimming spot, the beach at various times was imported as the area is more gravel, rock and clay than sand.

Not so sandy any more

Kids Today 2013

Forgive my quick and extremely sloppy photo manipulation, but I had to slap something together before I hit the hay for the night. :)

Good old days

Back when bridges had visible steel.

Sorry Kids

But in this photo the bridge wins!

 
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