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August 1943. "Middle River, a small crossroads in the vicinity of Baltimore, Maryland. Farm Security Administration housing project for Martin aircraft workers. Mrs. Helen Bird, USO traveler's aide, giving information to a newcomer in the Glenn L. Martin trailer village." Photo by John Collier. View full size.
Along with the "tterrace lost and found" slides my friend and I came across in the spare room of his house a month back was a mini-trove of Kodachromes of his folks in 1953 he didn't know about. But he did instantly recognize the recreation room and bar his dad had built in the basement of their San Francisco home. A big holiday shindig is underway with friends and relations; other slides hint that it might be Thanksgiving. Meanwhile: set 'em up. His folks always knew how to really throw a party. Later in the decade and into the early 60s they took on a distinct Tiki flavor, not unusual for the time in general, but especially so for Pacific-theater WWII vets like his dad. That's his mom in the background attending to the record player. Hey buddy, you got a light? View full size.