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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

Driveway Stroll: 1963

Driveway Stroll: 1963

My mother thought it was funny how my baby brother fell asleep in his stroller, so she posed me with it and took this picture. The date is early 1963, around six months after we moved into our new Princeton, New Jersey house.
Like in Levittown, my family were the original owners, though unlike Levittown, these were custom-built homes. You selected your lot, then selected a blueprint from the library of blueprints that the builder had. The blueprint was just a starting point. You then edited those basic plans. In our case we added footage to the garage to fit our 1960 Edsel, because the garage, as drawn in the plans, was shorter than the car. Closet configurations were another thing my mother totally customized.

The just-completed, though not yet occupied house across the street stands starkly in the background with its not-yet-grown landscape and bare lawn area. As for me, I seem to be stoically putting up with my mother’s photography.”Say cheese” was not a phrase in my family’s vocabulary.

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