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Mom and Me: 1956

Mom and Me: 1956

This is my first picture here at Shorpy. What a great place. This is not posed. It looks like a baby food ad, but my Dad caught us in a great moment. My beloved Mom and me in 1956 in our home in West Covina, California. We lived there until I was 9. Mom is still with us at age 83. View full size.

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My sister had a high-chair just like this. It was passed down to the rest of us.

Love your mom's skirt, but how did she keep you from shooting baby food onto those ruffles on her blouse?

Love it

Such a happy picture! I was born in 1954. Your mom reminds me of my mother and aunts. Thank God they also are still with us.

Thanks for all the great comments everyone

Yes, the pictures are precious. I had the 35mm slides copied to DVD, then my brother ran them through Photoshop, or some similar software to optimize the color.

We live in the present, but the past is a great place to visit.

Anywhere, USA

You used to see those chrome and vinyl kitchenettes in almost every middle class home back in the day.

The gentle '50s

You and I must be nearly identical in age. These pictures get more precious as years go on and the older folks leave us.

The hardness and ankle support of those shoes on us make me laugh. No soft little toes gripping the sand or the rug -- I'm surprised our shoes weren't steel-toed!


My kids used the same type of high chair from 2001-2007.

It's not pointy

That's just the way babies' heads are shaped.

Well done Mvsman!

Love your first two entries to Shorpy. tterrace, I think you may have a little friendly competition - and from your own home state no less.

Good News

Happy to hear she's still around.


I love the sense of joy and fun that jumps right out of this picture.


What a little cutie! Your mom is beautiful, what a blessing to still have her with you! Cherish the time you have.


Wow, what a great picture. I can remember a high chair like that in our kitchen, in the '60s. Welcome aboard, Mvsman.


Bless your pointy little head!

Picture perfect!

Your mom looks like my mom and aunts from that time period--the same red lipstick, coiffed hair, and wasp waist! Thanks for sharing!


Are those Buster Brown shoes? Seems all kids during those years had them.

Thank you

I have more. Stay tuned!

Rules for 50s Moms

#1 Don't feed the kid without your earrings on.
#2 Remember the lipstick, too.

Great couple of debut shots! Keep 'em coming.

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