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My Weakly Reader: 1964

My Weakly Reader: 1964

A Sunday morning circa 1964. I would fetch the Sunday paper so my father could read me the funnies. "Peanuts" and "Dennis the Menace" were my favorites. It is probably winter -- my "footy" pajamas would have been necessary in East Texas only in the coldest months. The house was built in 1957. Note the casement window crank and the Danish Modern headboard. I wish I still had my dad's Eames recliner and some of my mother's "mod" furniture. Polaroid scan. View full size.

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You are so right. Norman Rockwell couldn't have imagined it in a better way. Inspiring for anyone who likes/loves to draw/paint.


What a great moment captured there. It's like a Norman Rockwell.

'64 Newsprint

It could have been the Dallas Morning News. I think we only got the Sunday DMN. Our local paper, the Texarkana Gazette, was delivered every day, so the funny papers (we never called them comics) in the photo could have been the Gazette's as well.

I'm sure the photo was taken at the crack of dawn - to this day I sometimes meet the paper carrier in the driveway.

BTW - thanks for straightening out the wrinkle in the upper right corner, Dave.

Goober Pea

East Texas

What paper would this have been, the Longview or Tyler paper? Or maybe the Dallas Morning News?

Before the magnifying glass

Note the wideness of the newspaper's broadsheet and the large format of the individual strips. Compare both of those to today's postage stamp-sized newspaper formats. T'was before the steep rise in newsprint prices that have all but brought publishing empires to their knees. My wife and I joke about how it won't be long before some publisher discovers you can print the day's news on toilet paper. Double the pleasure, double the fun!

Rise and Shine

Wake up, Pop ... we're on the Internet!

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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