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Stone Throne: 1952

Stone Throne: 1952

"Loren at Folks -- January 20, 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes stars Hubert's young nephew. Color slide by Hubert Tuttle; barbecue by the Mayans or Aztecs. View full size.

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Vinage but warm

The clothes look funny to us now, but they do look warm. You see how some kids dress these days, you wonder how they don't get frostbite!

Standing in the clothes that you once wore

That coat was either still in style 20 years later or I had a hand-me-down because I remember wearing something very similar. It's funny how you forget but the sight of something trivial (in my case the buckle on the belt ) brings it all back home. Loren was a much snappier dresser than I was, aside from the coat.

Itchy Tweed Wool

was what my parents put me in for Sunday services just like this lad to keep me from fidgeting in church. It did the job because I would sit statue still during the services. The wool was incredibly scratchy and I can't wear it to this day without breaking out! Thanks Mom and Dad!

Sunday Best!

January 20, 1952, was a Sunday, so maybe this young man was dressed for Sunday services or some sort of family party.

From the "Tonight Show" vault

I bring you Floyd R. Turbo, American.

The Creases in The Pants

were simply a response to the ambient temperatures that day. The air temperature demanded immediate attention. The Masonic BBQ Grill could wait until Spring.

Piano Wire

Was what my dad used during this time and up until the mid 60's to keep that crease. My grandmother would sew it into his pants. In the 70's it was just a big aerosol can full of starch that eventually turned white and flaked off. Now, whatever my dryer spits out is what I wear. Sorry Dad.

Sharp dresser

That whole family must have been obsessive about trouser creases.

Let's Barbecue!

We had one like this in our yard when I was a kid! I wonder if some Popular Mechanics magazine had a "Build This Swell Barbecue" article back in the 1950s.

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