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Recently I was going through some old photos when I came across this one taken by my wife's dad. The cute little girl in the picture is my wife, last seen on the boat to Bimini. Then she was 18-19, but here she said she was 2.
Well, long story short, I have no idea what that little wagon is that she is playing with. Is it something to do with the ducks? she is holding? She does not remember either. I need Shorpyites help on this one. View full size.
Gayl and Brother Charles, Christmas 1948. After her fun time in front of the camera (still have to find out, but I do know that it was not a Brownie), she and my brother-in-law, Charlie posed. Although I have to say, he was not a good speller then. View full size.
Here is the companion image to this photo submitted earlier. It seems that the lady and the photographer (probably her husband) were engaging in a bit of banter when she struck this spontaneous pose. She would be mortified to know that her playfulness would be exposed, along with a bit of ankle, but it emphasizes them as real people who enjoyed life. Most of these photos were made in Central New York around Trenton Falls, once a park, now closed to the public. View full size.
An unmarked Kodachrome slide brings this interior of a 1950s home with a mixture of old and new. I'll take the chairs, lamp and bookshelf. Of particular interest to me are the yellow Kodak boxes and camera case on the lower shelf to the right - possibly some of the very same boxes that I'm working with right now? View full size.
From a collection of found slides. Apparently this family took a trip to Japan sometime in the 50s. There are two shots of this lovely lady; one is a standard red-border Kodachrome mount, but this one was remounted in a metal and glass Leica mount that didn't keep it from getting covered in dirt. The marks to the right of her head are either marks on the wall or dirt on the film; I decided to leave it. View full size.
Found Kodachrome slide from December 1955, possibly the Pasadena train station. View full size.