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That '70s Slideshow

That '70s Slideshow

First Holy Communion in 1971 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rochester, Indiana, from a 35mm slide. View full size.

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Have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of Delworthio's photos -- thank you so much for sharing them. Yours are just as important as all the others, for they still show us what "life" looked like during a particular era. I was born in 1973, so it's fun for me to see what the world looked like just a few years before I came along.

I would also like to say that I am a little jealous of the sister in the dark dress, with that lovely, slender figure and those long legs! She could have been a runway model!

p.s. I also cast my vote for keeping a mix of color and B/W photos. History is still history, even in color.

Double Knit

The trouble with double-knit polyester was that it lasted, and lasted, and..... Now you don't think the fashion industry would go along with that, do you? They told everybody it was ugly and old-fashioned and a whole lot of other things but, as a working mother, I adored the stuff. Sigh

P.S. I still would if I could get it.

Ah, the 70's

Your first line cracked me up for a full five minutes. One can see these siblings are Catholic (as am I), there are five kids just about two years apart. The best thing about triple-knit polyester was Mom did not have to iron anything. The fabric of the 70's was so resilient that it never wrinkled and water beaded up and could be brushed off. My son had a Goretex-type jacket that was labeled "blizzard proof" but he always called it "buzzard proof" (which it possibly was). To tell you the truth, I preferred not ironing versus the fabrics of today that need dry cleaning and/or extensive ironing. Thanks for the laughs.

Ah, the 70's

As James Lileks describes it, it was a time when even the rats parted their hair in the middle.

I could totally be the girl on the right, glasses and knobby knees under the polyester doubleknit dress and all.

Ultra cool

Those 70's dresses made a huge comeback in the late 1990's. The one on the left with its thin belt and clasp buckle, exposed zip and oversize collar is similar to the ones Prada was doing in black nylon.

That 70's Dress

I looooooove that b & w dress!!

Separated at Birth?

Ok, now you're just freaking me out!

That could be St. Cletus in Warren, Michigan, and while I don't have brothers and am the big sister...I did have that exact pair of brown octagonal glasses and hairstyle. (I'm also the one who had the same reindeer and pink cat-eye glasses seen in the Christmas pic.)

I think I found my doppelganger...or am I hers?

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