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My mother's parents are seen here getting ready to drive home to Sacramento after a weekend visit in 1964. We lived in the San Francisco East Bay hills for over 20 years and this house had a wonderful panoramic view of the Bay. San Francisco can be seen in the left distance as can the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance at right. Grandpa's car was a 1958 Cadillac - he was a Cadillac man for years. The car down the street is a c.1954 Nash Ambassador. As a toddler I would stand out on our deck and stare out at that incredible view. View full size.
May 1938. "John Pope, son of farmer, at Irwinville Farms, Georgia." Indoor plumbing was an improvement for many of the sharecropper families resettled here by the government during the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.