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Roadhouse: 1929

Roadhouse: 1929

A tough-looking group and their Essex sedan somewhere in Northern California in 1929. From a box of negatives found in a thrift store. View full size.

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jazz-age Biker

Pretty sure the guy on the right is a biker. The boots, pants and belt all look like motorcycle apparel. He's not smiling because he doesn't want to show us the bugs in his teeth.

Paper Moon, ...

... plus one extra.

Rolled up sleeves....

If you ever wore hand-me-downs, as I did, if the shirt (or in this case, the sweater) was a bit too big, you'd roll up the sleeves. Sometimes doing this was given a bit of class by calling it French cuffs.
Look at the little girls shoulders and see how big the sweater is on her.


This film is rated R for extreme violence.

The Last Little Flapper

Little girl has the popular flapper bob and short dress (although hemlines were going back down). All she needs is a cigarette to complete the look of a flapper in training. Unfortunately, flapperdom died out along with prosperity after the 1929 stock market crash.

One of my favorite men's fashion trends of the 1920s

The sweater folded up into a cuff at the bottom. I've seen this a couple of other places.

[It was pretty common to see in the 50s; in fact, I did it. -tterrace]

Guy on the right

reminds me very much of the late actor Richard Jaeckel.

Back when men were men

and cars were cars ... and so were women and children!


Right out of Central Casting.

A banner day for hosiery.

Love those socks!

The Rest Room is what??

Out of order. Again.

Harold Lloyd

With an attitude. No more mister nice guy.

Road Tripped

After a couple of weeks on a glorious camping vacation the bloom will be off the rose.

A tight little group.

It looks like Ma Barker and the boys.

Hey, you with the camera

What are you lookin' at ?

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