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Hold that Pose: 1967

Hold that Pose: 1967

A rare photo of me actually wielding a camera, in this case my Retinette, in 1967 atop a hill overlooking San Rafael, Calif., with the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in the background. I'm not really aiming at my brother here, but at my friend while he was taking this 126 Kodachrome slide. I wasn't quick enough, and didn't get the shot. View full size.

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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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