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Vintage photos of:
Disneyland, 1956. The Skyway to Fantasyland, a ride no more. One of hundreds of Kodachrome slides taken by my dad starting in 1955. One of many to soon be posted. View full size.
Kelley family reunion taken either in Elgin or Rockford, Illinois around 1952. My Dad, Donald A., is fourth from the right, standing; Mom, "Dovey", is far right seated. Both gone, both still loved deeply. View full size.
Dad in our extremely small kitchen on 7th Ave. in Rockford Illinois. The table folded out from the wall. He always carved. I'm guessing this was taken in the early 50's; I don't remember the apron. View full size.
My brother Don (left) and me, taken in 1949. I was soon to lose all that baby fat. View full size.
Somebody went to the Rose Parade on New Years Day in Pasadena, California and took this photo of a rather primitive float. Year unknown, probably 1950's. View full size.
A bizarre alternative to the "all stand against a wall while I shoot you" approach to taking a group photograph. While the guys are all stretched out on the lawn, the gals seem to be huddled together in the background for their own activity. This is from a photo album put together by a high school teenager during the years 1918-1921. I bought the album at an ephemera meet in Pasadena California. View full size.