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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Christmas Clean Sweep: 1961

Christmas Clean Sweep: 1961

Little boys in the 60s seemed to have an obsession with floor sweeping implements, if recent Shorpy submissions are any indication. This is my nephew Jimmy, on a Christmas 1961 visit to our home in Larkspur, California. 127 Ektachrome slide.

It's true!

My DH is roughly the same age as the boy in the picture and his mom has a shot of him being "slave of the world," He is, wait for it, vacuuming! Go figure.

 
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