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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Bored: 1965

Bored: 1965

My cousin Deanna, around 1965 or so, obviously bored, nothing to do. Yawn.... View full size.

Zenith Stereo

I just recently purchased a 1960-1961 Zenith Console with the Cobra Turntable inside. Speakers sound AMAZING still, but the record player needs to be replaced. Anyhow, it looks almost identical to the one in the photo.

Stereo

We had a stereo like the one behind Deanna. The top of the cabinet was hinged, and inside is a record player. You can see the speakers' outlines on the front. Ours was playing pretty much all the time when we were home - everything from country to classical, folk and rock. We'd put a stack of records on the changer and dance all over the living room.

26 Miles to Catalina

Ah, yes! Catalina Island. They just opened a trail along the whole thing. http://www.catalinaconservancy.org/visitors/recreation/trails.cfm

We've got color footage from the 1940's of my Grandpa motoring around Avalon Harbor in a Chris-Craft.

The glassy stare...

can only mean one thing: she's glued to the boob tube!

 
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