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81 and Still Mowing: 1955

81 and Still Mowing: 1955

My father (53) and my grandmother (73) watch my grandfather (81) mowing his lawn at his "new" house in Calpella, California; at left with trunk agape, our trusty Hudson (7). A couple years before, grandpa sold his large grape vineyard (off screen immediately to the left) that he'd ranched since about 1915. I still have a lot of memories of this house, like this, but geekily enough, also of watching TV, courtesy the gigantic TV antenna that picked up the nearest stations over 100 miles away in San Francisco. For some reason, I have a very detailed recollection of being 15 and watching the 1951 Cary Grant film People Will Talk on NBC's Saturday Night at the Movies and being utterly mesmerized by Finlay Currie's characterization of the mysterious Mr. Shunderson. Thanks to the fact that every bit of information ever is now on the Internet, I can actually pin down this memory to one of two exact dates in 1962, depending on whether it was a rerun or not. Zowie. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

The Garage: 1908

The Garage: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Garage interior, Fort William Henry Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Billiard Room: 1908

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The Billiard Room: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Billiard room, Fort William Henry Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Red and His Pals: 1910

Red and His Pals: 1910

May 5, 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Red St. Clair and his pals hanging around Murphy's Branch. 11:00 a.m." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Ladies' Parlor: 1908

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The Ladies' Parlor: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Ladies' parlor, Fort William Henry Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Splash: 1905

Splash: 1905

Coney Island, New York, circa 1905. "Surf bathing." Splashing around in the ocean -- the latest fad. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Public Square: 1900

Public Square: 1900

Circa 1900. "City Square. Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Cleveland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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