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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Checkmate: 1950

Checkmate: 1950

Don Campbell and my father, Jack Shepard, went on a work-related trip to Sacramento in approximately 1950. They both worked as electrical engineers for the Light and Water Department in Riverside County. My father took this picture with his 35mm Exacta, which I still have. View full size.

Capitol Park

This scene sure has the look of being at the Capitol Park in Sacramento.

More than a check

The jacket appears to be houndstooth, not a check. It's obviously tailored, and the three-button cut would still be stylish today; the exterior pockets would not.

Exacta

Wonderful 35MM cameras; rugged and eccentric. But great as a learning SLR. And I still have mine as well and they still work quite well.

Sport coats

He and Paul Drake went to the same men's store.

Fashion sense

Love his suit and tie!!! So 1950s. Gotta love this baggy trousers!! Great photo.

Camellias

Are starting to bloom right now in the South. Those blooms are huge but not rare.

 
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