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Summer of '53

Summer of  '53

This is a scan from a 4x5-inch transparency that I recently found. It is, quite frankly, the most beautiful picture of my parents that I have ever seen. Here, James Arthur and Elaine "Sally" Garnand Longmore, relax in the sun, in newlywed happiness, and in vibrant color. The year, I believe, is 1953. The photo was taken somewhere in the Washington, DC area. View full size.

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They are still going strong

I just saw my parents today and they are still enjoying their long lives together!

Yes. my mother was a looker and her clothes are perfect. We've pinned this down to Easter 1953.


More remarkable than the lady's suit is the fact that both lady and gent are wearing absolutely fabulous shoes.

I hope your parents

Had a long and happy life together. Whatever we may think about the '50s, the attire was great. Thanks for posting.

re: Summer of '53

Wonderful shot. Very skillful use of fill flash. You're so lucky to have it. I took the liberty of fiddling with the color a bit, as it shows the kind of fading typical of large format Ektachromes of that vintage.


Everything about her is perfect--the hair, the makeup, the nails, the suit...the suit...the suit...the suit. Did I mention that I like the suit?

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