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Continuing my vacation theme, we return to the same beach ten years earlier. I'm wearing the St. Christopher medal that was then a permanent accouterment, but what really kept me from drowning then and forever afterwards was making sure that my extremities were firmly in contact with the bottom at all times. This was when the Russian River region was the vacation destination for denizens of the San Francisco Bay Area and was jammed with sun and fun frolickers during the summer months. About ten years later, freeways made Lake Tahoe more easily accessible and Guerneville and environs went into a serious and sad decline that lasted until the 1980s. View full size.
February 2, 1939. "Builds own Jalopy. Thirty dollars was all it cost Robert Preston, 16-year-old high school senior, to build this midget automobile. Weighing approximately 250 pounds, the 'jalopy' is powered with a washing machine motor of ¾ horsepower and has a maximum speed of 20 miles an hour. His license tags for this year will cost 32 cents." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
September 13, 1938. "What next? Unborn baby's heartbeat broadcast from Washington hospital. As part of an educational program, the heartbeats of an unborn baby were broadcast today from Georgetown University Hospital. This was made possible by the use of a specially designed microphone placed on the chest of the expectant mother, Addie Gonyea, shown with (left to right) Dr. J.G. Burd, Dr. John Cavanagh, announcer Bill Coyle of the N.B.C. and Dr. Henry B. Gwynn." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.