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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

New Year's Eve 1956

New Year's Eve 1956

December 31, 1956 (or January 1, 1957). A party my brother, then 19, went to. Other than recognizing a couple family friends, that's all I know about this Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Shorpy Countdown!

Hey Dave, where's the Shorpy Top 20 Images Countdown of 2008?! My votes go to the 1925 office Christmas party and the Krazy Kat series.

[This year we have the "user-customizable countdown." Whichever photo you like the most wins! - Dave]

Conception Day

This is truly wild: my mother always told me that December 31, 1956, was the night I was conceived. Now I know what was going on and what people were doing!

Sphere

Thanks, No. 6; I was trying to come up with some snappy remark about the pink balloon, but I gave up.

Village People

"Photo by Patrick McGoohan."

 
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