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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

FAPEX: 1961

FAPEX: 1961

February 1961. FAPEX, the First Annual Philatelic Exhibition, set up in my bedroom. Obviously taken before opening, as otherwise the exhibit would be obscured by the throngs attending. Or maybe this is one of those time exposures where all the people were moving. Anyway, my stamp collection, enhanced by my 15-year old delusions of grandeur. I still have the stamps, but I wish I had the goose-neck floor lamp and Rocketeer-style illuminated globe. I am still using that bedstead, however, every night. 127 Ektachrome slide.

Oh; there was no Second Annual Philatelic Exhibition.

The throngs

FAPEX! That's great.

Bedside Bonsai

That looks like a bonsai tree on the nightstand. Pretty cool thing for a 15 year old to have. When I was 15, they had those small ads in magazines to order seed for "miniature trees." Gullible me ordered the things. Hey, what did I know about bonsai? So...my mother helped me to make one, using a twisty tree branch, moss and lichens to create our own version of a "Ming tree."

 
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