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Batman & Butterfly Chairs: 1966

Batman & Butterfly Chairs: 1966

Here's a snap of my brother and my mom early in 1966. Check out the Batman t-shirt my brother's wearing (I believe the television show had just begun); his horn-rimmed glasses; my mom's mini-bouffant, and the butterfly chairs. To sum it all up, the whole pic really says "mid-1960s" to me. I hadn't been born yet, but I recall those chairs much later on, and my mother dyeing the faded covers in a vat of Rit. View full size.

Ashtray a Go-Go

The ashtray is indeed suspended by a chain from the ceiling. My dad was forever concocting clever and useful household ideas.


Wow, I had that exact shirt! Had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the memory.

Is that me?

Wow - that kid could be my long-lost twin! I looked exactly like that in 1966 - same glasses, same haircut, probably had a Batman T-shirt, too!
Amazing! (But MY mom had cats-eye glasses...)

Ashtray Suspension?

Is that ashtray suspended by a chain? Nifty!

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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