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June 1963. My mother doing the crossword puzzle, seated under our grape arbor. Her glasses seem to have a fan base here on Shorpy, so here they are close-up. It's not posed, and I probably got a dirty look after she heard the shutter click. For chronological context, I was two months shy of 17 when I took this Kodachrome, and my mother 54. We were both Leos. View full size.