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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

A Capitol Photo: 1957

A Capitol Photo: 1957

While I didn't take this photo of the California State Capitol - my brother did on 35mm Anscochrome - I am the reason it exists. At 11 years of age I was an avid rockhound and longed to find things like quartz crystals or what was for me the holy grail: a geode. What I lacked was field experience, so I wheedled my father into driving up from Marin County to the American River in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. My brother came along for the ride. History does not record, nor did my brother, anything that might have happened past Sacramento. If I'd found crystals or a geode, I'd have remembered. But today I have one consolation: my brother fortuitously captured a Nash in its natural habitat, the roadways of the 1950s. View full size.

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Hey!

I signed in just to comment on this one because it sounds so much like me! I too was a rock collector as a kid and i too took color slides on Anscochrome and some Ektachrome especially in 1956 and 1957 and i too loved quartz crystals and i too always hoped to find a geode, also my holy grail, but never did! I was on the opposite side of the country in New York City. Now i need to figure out how to upload the photo of me on one of my rock collecting expeditions in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan! PS unless you color enhanced your old Anscochrome it looks like yours have faded much less than mine. My rock collecting photo, tho, is in b&w.

Puzzling

Nice photo, if someone were to make this into a puzzle I would love to put it together

And two of the Low Priced Three

Photobombed by a '55 Ford, and a '56 Chevy owned by someone with a sense of style, as evidenced by the custom wheelcovers.

The more popular-

Plane Jane '56 Ford and the immensely popular '56 Chevrolet Bel-Air with accessory bumper guards and '56 Oldsmobile wheel covers. The Chevy was the car to own at the time compared to the soon to be gone Nash.

Sweet ride

When I saw the photo the first thing I noticed was the Nash. Then I read the caption. Nice photo Tterrace

 
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