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Summer 1948. I just turned 2, and my sister arranged this scene on our lawn in Larkspur, California. Kodacolor negatives of this vintage had a tendency to deteriorate into an impenetrable murk, so all we have left are the prints. Those, unfortunately, all acquired an intense and irregular yellow cast, but I was able to correct most of that out.