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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

You Better Watch Out: 1953

You Better Watch Out: 1953

From around 1953, in a bathroom somewhere in New England, comes this curious Kodachrome from the "Linda" series of slides that your webmaster found on eBay. This would be a much less precarious scenario if the household observed a strict lid-down protocol. In any case we have a Christmas party to get back to, but business before pleasure. Excuse us for a sec, will you? View full size.

Decipher that note!

Or this.
"Be careful when you remove presents from tree or you might lose it in the Bunk House
Thank you very much
Part Owner
p.s. Parents not responsible for any accidents as by fire in water."

It's a hint at what the gift is and a warning not to secretly open it in the privacy of the "Bunk House"

Forget The Gifts

I'm swiping the pinup poster.

Caution

Be careful when you remove present from tree - or you may(?) lose it in the bunk house(?)

Thank you very much

Part Owner(?)

XXX not responsible for any ??? by fire or water.

That's what I see anyway.

Matter over Mind

I'll be the first to say it: I cannot imagine that poster helps with the, umm, business at hand.

 
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