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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Uncle Albert: 1960

Uncle Albert: 1960

Connoisseur, bon vivant, raconteur, collector of first editions, advertising executive, typography historian, WWII Army Air Corps Photo Recon NCO, and my mother's twin brother, Uncle Albert hoists a Christmas toast in the living room of his San Francisco home in December 1960. You can tell it's Christmas by the holly in the table vase and the star ornament sticking up from the areca on the right; that's his Christmas tree. I took this with my Brownie Starmite. Full size.

Evolution

People in those days just looked different than they do today; and it's not the clothes or hairstyle.

Q. and A.

Uncle Albert bears an uncanny resemblance to broadcast personality Robert Q. Lewis.

Perry Mason 1960

The acting in a lot of these runs the gamut from wooden to leaden. But you gotta love the cars. There are a couple episodes featuring the 1960 Mercury Park Lane (one as the murder weapon, or so we're led to believe). And then an episode whose main stars seem to be the 1960 Buick. The Case of the Dueling Le Sabres, I call it. One has a side mirror that wobbles very noticeably when the door is slammed.

The episode with the tripod planter has the pianist character killed after his car plunges off a cliff -- a 1930s sedan in an ancient clip used several times on the series.

These are the episodes with no Hamilton Burger, after William Talman got fired for violating the morals clause in his contract (nekkid pot party). But I digress. We're so sorry, Uncle Albert.

America's Most Amazing Coincidences

We had one of those planters around this time as well, in our dining room, a white fiberglass one, first with a split-leaf philodendron and later a dieffenbachia. I always thought of them as egg shell planters, but bullet seems to be the more common descriptor. No photos, alas. And I just watched the first episode from the new Perry Mason set last night, too. No planters, but a cool T-Bird, and Robert Redford to boot. But I digress...

The Case of the Fiddle-Leaf Ficus

Yesterday a package from Amazon arrived at my doorstep with Season 4, Volume 1 of "Perry Mason." The answer to my question would be "The Case of the Provocative Protege," original air date November 12, 1960. Eerie, no?

The MG and Me

Thanks for this one too. When I saw the first MG pic I thought, "Wow. San Francisco. 1955. Driving an MG around. must've been a heckuva time." As a matter of fact, I wish I could've driven a cream-colored MG around San Francisco in 1955.

Red Wing Chair

That leather chair was also red. He had a matching green one in the room, too.

More MG

Another slide of Uncle Albert with his MG, c.1955.

Winging It

My grandparents had that same chair, theirs was red.

May I interest you in something Cool?

Oh, I bet he was an absolute blast! His look in the pic is priceless. On a wild guess, was he a "confirmed bachelor," as they used to say?

Yes, he's the guy

With the MG. It was cream-colored, actually.

Was he the guy

who owned the white MG?

Classic Tripod

Classic fiberglass tripod planter. Which episode of "Perry Mason" was this?

 
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