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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.
A print I bought about 20 years ago showing "Massachusetts Sports Equipment on Parade" sometime around 1950. Also, carrots and "Mass Apples." View full size.
Larkspur, California July 4, 1974. The beginning of the parade is heading this way on Magnolia Avenue, just passing the crowd at the right gathered in front of the Silver Peso bar, still a major draw downtown. The fire trucks are from Larkspur and Corte Madera, who jointly host the Twin Cities Parade and other festivities each year. If there's any lingering doubt about this being the 1970s, I offer in evidence: that guy's pants. I shot this 35mm Kodacolor II negative with a 135mm telephoto lens. View full size.
All I can really tell you about this is that it was taken on a beach somewhere in Maine. My grandfather Harold L. Winter is sitting on the far left. This was in a box of negatives of his and I believe it's from 1920, which would have made him about 18, as he was born in 1902. He grew up in Livermore Falls so it may be in that area somewhere or possibly near Orono where he went to the University of Maine. I will share more of his photos in time. View full size.
My paternal grandfather, Josef Alois Kappeler, upper right, (born in Switzerland in 1864) and his brother, August, a member of TR's Rough Riders, in uniform and 3 men who appear to be related. I believe they were members of a choral society. Wish I knew more. View full size.
My brother Jerry at Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, California in 1958. Our father Steve worked there for for many years. Jerry worked for most of his life as a Fireman in Ventura County. View full size.
They sure started young smoking back in the day. From my negatives collection. View full size.