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Flyboy: 1948

Flyboy: 1948

Another picture of me taken by my father at Riverview Beach Amusement Park, Pennsville, New Jersey, in August 1948. This shot clearly shows early indication of my love for all sorts of transportation and travel! View full size | Firetruck.


You look adorable! Such a simple ride, but oh what fun!

Capturing Joy

Billyboy just could not conceal his sublime happiness at being the pilot in this fun-filled airplane ride. I've raised four kids and can pretty accurately read emotions written on a face. This very adorable and photogenic boy was definitely having the time of his life. This could have been a fabulous and authentic advertisement for the amusement park. A terrific picture of childhood.

Got Milk?

It looks like you have a little milk mustache there. Or maybe all the blood has rushed from your head due to the intense G forces produced by that highly complex and powerful test rig. You also look a lot like my dad.

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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