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In The Living Room

In The Living Room

Golden Valley, Minnesota, probably about 1952. My dad, my older sister and me. My dad, as you can see, used to have quite a space between his front teeth. I always loved hats...and my big sis. My mother or one of my aunts was probably the photographer.

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Brass Tools

The Brass Cleaning Tool Set was still the rage in the late Fifties-early Sixties. The shovel, the round broom, and the stoker - along with the handled-stand that provided a platform for the three tools. Note the four finial tipped shafts.

Golden Valley

Is that house anywhere near Schuller's Tavern? My band Turnstyle plays there once in a while.


Did every 1950s living room have a fireplace set like that? Check out ours here. Not exactly the same, but close. Great shot! Reminds me I need to put up my cowboy outfit and hobby horse photo from around the same time.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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