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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Entering the '60s

Entering the '60s

As the world enters a new year and a new decade, I'm posed at the entry to our property in Larkspur, looking very small, appropriately enough. Later that year, I'll enter high school where I'll feel really small. But here, my home turf provides familiarity and a refuge from the looming uncertainties of the larger world Out There. The temperate Northern California winter has coaxed the daffodils, narcissus, sweet alyssum and flowering quince into bloom.

At the time, ours was the only house on our street, on which I'm standing; it was actually a concrete stairway. It lent its name to my sometimes-weekly newspaper, The Arch Street News. Though officially part of the town I'd incorporated our yard into, the front walk didn't have a name; other paths had such imaginative designations as "Garage Ave." and "Compost Rd." I appointed myself City Manager; Father held the ceremonial office of Mayor but, revealingly, Mother was Chief of Police.

Kodacolor negative by my brother. View full size.

Family Photos

Like so many others, I envy your family albums. My mother had a Brownie. She took photos only on special occasions as money was tight and developing cost. Unfortunately, she also took them at eye level and since she was 4-foot-10, we now look at albums of headless groups of people that we all recognize by the clothes they were wearing. Oh well. Happy New Year everyone!

Extra Thought

For some reason, I'm never comfortable commenting on your fine photos, tterrace, until I've mulled over my thoughts during the day. This photo made me think about how small we all were when we first faced our big world. But the background of our families' strong principles provided us with a nearly bulletproof suit of armor and we found our way.

Marin was a great place to live in the early 60's.

I was 2 years ahead of you and lived in Santa Venetia but have the same great memories of Marin County when it was still largely rural. As a senior in SRHS in 61-62 I had an early morning paper route that took me through San Anselmo, Sleepy Hallow, Fairfax and all points in between. Upon my return from Vietnam in '66 it had gotten crowded and was beginning to get very expensive. I left in '68. Good memories though.

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

Lovely pic. My mom was a terrible photographer, so what few pics my family has are mostly too dark, off center, etc. Oh well, I guess, right? Happy New Year from Hawaii!

A Tip o' the Party Hat

Looking good, tterrace! Thanks for all your contributions last year. Looking forward to many more in '11. Happy New Year to you and all the Shorpy people.

From Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Thank You and Happy New Year to tterance, Dave and all the Shorpy viewers. I am looking forward to another year of great photos.

Happy new year!

I'll add my thanks and best wishes for the new year to tterrace, Dave, and all the other Shorpers!

Happy New Year to You All

tterrace... I really envy you that you have so many pictures of your family and friends. I was the generation just before you and most of my family pictures have been lost or destroyed but your family and mine have many parallels. Best Wishes to you and your family and to all the Shorpy viewers.

Happy New Year, tterrace

I really enjoy all the Shorpy photos, but like many others, yours are the ones I love best. Wishing you and all the other tterrace characters a very Happy New Year.

 
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