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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Kitchen Klatch: 1959

Kitchen Klatch: 1959

January 1959. In this prequel gathering of the California Picnic group here, we have Ruby Lee and her hubby (back right), their daughter Peggy (def. too young to drink) cozying up to declared hottie Clay (who is not Thomas Cave a.k.a Mr. 535-07-5248) as his wife gamely looks on. Part of the Humphries Family Kodachrome collection. View full size.

Grandmother's Kitchen Table

My grandmother had that same table-and-chairs set, with the same pattern cushion covers, in her kitchen as well. Wedged into about the same amount of space!!

So what's the brand?

Not one but two cans of beer visible, and I can't quite make out the brand name. It appears to be Buck[something]. Two brands around in 1959 that would have started with Buck were Buckhorn, produced by Olympia Breweries in Texas, and Buckeye, an independent brand from (duh!) Ohio. Neither one's logo was similar to that in the picture and it's doubtful that either would have been distributed in California.

Familiar Furniture

I see a wonderful old kitchen table peeking out there. I remember we had a table like that with the aluminum (?) sides and the great chairs that matched. Great photo.

Perhaps January 1st?

It's 3:15 and it's dark outside so this is the wee hours of the night, either it's New Years or these are hard core party people.

The kitchen is classic! the colors, the appliances, the clock, very nostalgic.

[The clock says 9:15. - Dave]

So it does, the hour hand was blotted out by the flash. "Never mind"

[Actually, this was taken by available light, not flash. -tterrace]

 
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