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Youth group

Youth group

Though I'm not sure, I believe this was the youth group from the Clinton Avenue Presbyterian Church in Newark, NJ, in the late '30s. From my father's collection of slides. View full size

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads an America

Treasure trove

Well, beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. Got an entire Rubbermaid tub filled slide boxes, and several binders with slide pages. We'll have to see what shows up... I already found the slide from which the faded print of my parents on their wedding day was made. Expect that, at least, will get updated.

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

1930s color

This color is characteristic of the fading 1935-1938 vintage Kodachrome was subject to. 1938 or 1939 saw a change to a more color-fast method. Your caption hints at a possible treasure trove of early color photos. Is that so, I hope, I hope?

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