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Mom and Me: 1971

Mom and Me: 1971

My mother standing in front of our house in Massapequa, Long Island, in 1971. In six months I would be born. View full size.


Massapequa Mom

Just as a point of curiosity, was your mom a teacher? I grew up in Massapequa, and she looks vaguely familiar... just a few years older than me.


It was a 444 N. Syracuse Ave....Thank you for all the great responses to this image. I will have to forward this along to my mother... She will truly enjoy it! I apologize for being so lax in catching up.


Fellow Pequan

Where in Massapequa was this house? I grew up on Division Avenue. Born in '62.

Coast to Coast..

I believe that we now have the East Coast counterpart to our beloved TTerrace.

Excellent photo, GJoe. I remember both my sisters having the same hairdo about that time. Ah, for the days of yore...

Re: Did you know

Massapequa is actually an Indian word meaning "near the mall."

Simply Divine

How could that sunny yellow coat not make you happy? I wish I could see more of her dress because the print looks wonderful.

You Bet Your Sweet Bippy

If she were standing in front of a psychedelic wall, she could easily be mistaken for JoAnne Worley.

Re: Chic

Sorry Marcus, leotards and bare midriffs are very much not in style now! Today, she would be wearing something similar, the clothing only slightly updated, looking absolutely tre chic and the envy of vintage inspired fashion lovers everywhere!

My house

I grew up in Garden City South (b 1975), only a few miles away from Massapequa. However, that door, those steps, and that siding looks like a thousand houses on Long Island.

The great LI building boom started in 1939-1940, before Pearl Harbor, back when Grumman and many other smaller aerospace manufacturers were supplying the Allies. Most houses sported the same asbestos shingles until the mid to late 1970s when vinyl siding, most of the time, was installed right over it.

Joe from LI NY


I was 9 years old in 1971; my mother wore the same fashions and the
same hairstyle. My mother was beautiful; I never knew how beautiful
until I reached adulthood. These fashions looked good on this lady and
they looked good on my mother.

You were there honey

I have WW2 pictures of my wife and son and myself taken on the beach at Lompoc, California, and I love to tell my daughter, born September 5, 1946, a true baby boomer, that she was there with us.

Did you know

Massapequa is an Indian word meaning "station wagon"?


Of course, if the picture were to be taken today, she would be wearing a leotard, maybe something with a bare midriff, as that seems to be the style today. Oh, for the days of modesty.


Great picture. I love that coat. I couldn't help thinking though, that I have neckties older than you.

My Cousin gjoe

For some reason, I hear Marisa Tomei.

Hey Jalousie

Great shot. I'd forgotten those jalousie storm doors. Even more great memories!

Siding curiosity

The house looks like it has asbestos siding, popular in the late 40's and early to mid 50's. Am I right, wrong? The picture, regardless of the siding is great.

World wide fashion

I was born in 1970, thousands of miles away from Massapequa - in Israel, which actually was still quite a spartan society back then. Buy if I could find a decent slide depicting my mother at that time, I promise it would be a spitting image: same beehive hairdo, same dress, same wool coat, same purse. Just amazing.

I can relate

My kids were born in 1973 and 1976 and I LOVE the clothes she is wearing!! Great pic!!!

All American

We moved to Massapequa Park in 1972 when I was 4. What a wonderful place to grow up.


I want her purse! It is so chic and up to the minute. I am serious--they are back in style!


Love this picture. I grew up in Massapequa around the same time (b. 1959). It's great to see a picture that, even though it is of a stranger, looks so familiar.

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