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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Happiest Place on Earth: c. 1968

The Happiest Place on Earth: c. 1968

Return of the ill-tempered teen. I am actually wearing the same pants and shoes as in an earlier picture. Sometimes I'm surprised my parents didn't just dump me on some roadside back then. I wasn't a troublemaker, but I sure was a grouchy SOB!

I like this picture for the background: Disneyland about 1968. There is a lot going on. Bank of America tried to promote some warm and fuzzy values by sponsoring the Small World ride. The effects of that, I will leave to the viewer's imagination.

My Dad took the picture, as usual. There's little brother and my Mom is still alive and kicking at age 83. View full size.

Can't get that song out of my head now

Small World was based on the Disney pavilion at the New York 1964 World's Fair. There's a 5-CD box set that has every bit of audio from the fair's Small World to Carousel of Progress!

Only a Shorpy fan can appreciate this.

Hey Wayne Arnold

Looks like The Wonder Years all over again!

Surliest place on earth

Your parents must have been saints. Did you carry around a tape measure to make sure you were always standing the precise distance away from the rest of your family? This is a great shot, and you're quite stylish as usual.

 
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