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Tortoise and the Heirs: 1950s

Tortoise and the Heirs: 1950s

Unknown kids in an unknown location, riding a giant tortoise, probably in Southern California, possibly the San Diego Zoo, or wherever you go to ride a giant tortoise. 35mm Kodachrome slide from a thrift store find. View full size.

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That brings back memories of going to the Abilene (TX) Zoo when I was about the same age as the kids in the photo (circa 1968), and I got to ride a big tortoise in their petting zoo. I remember being awed by the size of those things - I had no idea a "turtle" could get so huge! I also remember the petting zoo had goats that would try to eat everything from zoo maps to loose shirt-tails.

Very familiar

Possibly taken around 1961, judging from the mom's clothing. I love that little red handbag.

It's the Berries

Probably Knott's Berry Farm. They had a petting zoo with Galapagos tortoises that the kids were allowed to ride. No PETA, back then.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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