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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Candid Camera: 1965

Candid Camera: 1965

From the same batch of slides that brought us Stephen and the Yardleys comes this Kodachrome with the date stamp OCT 65A. Baby Boomers will no doubt recognize the redwood picnic table and webbed lawn chairs as ubiquitous fixtures of their youth. Oh, and an Oldsmobile, too. View full size.

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"Blood"

The "blood" is probably a plum she stepped on. I used to walk barefoot where these were and it would look like I was bleeding terribly by the time I got home!

Picnic Table (or Our Family Kitchen Table)

I remember my family owning a redwood picnic table and webbed lawn chairs throughout the 1980's. Our picnic table was actually our kitchen table when I was a kid back in the mid-1980's! I loved the webbed lawn chairs! I didn't see any after the early 1990's.

Wish I could find

aluminum chairs like this now for a reasonable cost. I try to keep my 40+-year-old models in good shape, but nothing lasts forever. The only replacements now are the canvas X-type camp chairs (fold nicely, but squish your legs when sitting), the steel-and-vinyl web folding chairs (that sag more and more as you sit) or the gravity-style loungers that take several cubic feet of storage room. The latter two styles are also too heavy to lug to the fireworks or parade. I'll have to make do looking at Shorpy and wishing.

Clarks?

The lady to the right is wearing those great "Clarks Wallabees". Wouldn't go anywhere without mine.

Webbed lawn funiture was EVERYWHERE!!!

This photo, also from 1965, shows my mom and a neighbor enjoying that snappy webbed lawn furniture. Taken in Apalachicola, Florida.

Rotten webbing

Living in Arizona, the nylon webbing on those lawn chairs would get rather weak after a year or two of bright sunlight. Some of my fondest memories as a little kid were of seeing big grown-ups fall through their rotten lawn chairs when sitting down.

'62 Olds

Dynamic or Super 88, not enough cues to identify but not a 98 because of the rear window. Either way, from the best cars that GM ever made with a powerful SkyRocket V-8 394 under the hood.

Lounger

What sets the nostalgia juices flowing most for me is the mismatched webbing on the lounger. I remember helping my dad cut the proper length of replacement webbing off the roll, setting the tension just so, then affixing it to the frame with the clips on the underside of the frame's tubing. The heavily frayed horizontal strip of webbing at the end of the lounger shows the wear of active feet doing what we were always told not to do.

Ouchy ouch!

Nasty scar from something on her left leg and her right foot and heel seem to be bleeding something fierce (or is it a blemish on the slide itself?). He seems to be hanging outdoors in his boxer shorts.

[This being a Kodachrome slide, there is no print and no negative. - Dave]

Left leg

That is one deep scar.

[If I had to guess, I would say the lady was in a car accident. - Dave]

Eek!

I love the setting and the gorgeous Kodachrome colors, but the characters all give me the willies! Pop appears to be sitting in his boxer shorts, grandma is reclined in an odd position, and the unknown woman seems to have blood on one shoe and a serious scar on the other leg. There's a story here I'm not sure I want to know. It is a candid camera indeed!

Shark Attack?

That is some scar the lady in the shorts has on her left leg. Ouch. Looks a little like blood on her other shoe and right leg too. I am going to assume it is water though.

Class of '48

As a vintage Boomer I certainly recognize the furnishings. Who needs anything more? Well, add a Weber grill.

 
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