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"Say, Bill, don't you think the girls did a marvelous job setting up the tent?"
California circa 1920. "Briscoe auto at campsite." We'd say it's about time to rustle up some grub. Also we call dibs on that camp chair. Now where'd we put the cocktail shaker? 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate by Christopher Helin. View full size.
This was a party thrown for my mom and dad who are somewhat lost in the background, behind the cut-ups in front. At the house of a friend in South Pasadena, 1954. This is one-half of a 3D photo card. View full size.