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Special Dinner Out: 1953

Special Dinner Out: 1953

This shot of an extended-family special "dinner out" from 1953 was passed to me by my cousin recently (who is also in this picture), 65 years ago. I'm the high-chair scowling toddler at the far end of the table while my older brothers, parents, cousin, aunt and uncle are on the right. My maternal grandparents, aunts, uncle and cousin are on the left. An uncle took the shot (the funeral director uncle that impressed me as a car-crazed kid with his two 1958 black Cadillacs for his business, one of them seen here.

This was apparently a very special dinner out, as we almost never went out for meals as a kid or teenager. View full size.

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Could be. This was a maternal grandparent-centered family event and they lived in Toronto (see a previously submitted pic of "the Cowling boys", on a street off Roncesvalles). The rest of us lived in the Golden Horseshoe-area of Ontario. We lived in St. Catharines and I completed high school there.

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Could they be from the Pickfair Restaurant in Toronto? Another Shorpy-rabbit hole I dove down today.

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