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Too Much Excitement: 1941

Too Much Excitement: 1941

1941. At the picnic grounds in Vale, Oregon. "Interlude, after watching the Fourth of July parade." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.


Big love...

...for this picture! I adore it! (Oh, and come to think of it, my grandfather wore wild socks like this! They seemed almost to be opaque nylon between the stripes.)

Mr. and Mrs.

A well dressed and sweet looking couple. Look at the shine on his shoes, and how neatly they are placed. I wonder what color her dress and hat are? I pictured them navy blue. She's got her hanky and is keeping her hat safe. He's got some wild socks!

What a sweet photo!

What a sweet photo! Does my heart good.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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