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December 17, 1955. Tony W.'s baby shower photo, with the fireplace and shelves full of photos, books and bric-a-brac, was so exceedingly redolent of 1950s living rooms in general, and ours in particular, that I couldn't stand it, so I dug this one out, showing our fireplace and shelves full of our photos, books and bric-a-brac. That's my sister, with her future husband on the right, and my godmother's son on the left. That's him in Army uniform in the photo on the shelf above. My brother, bless him, wrote the actual date on the slide mount, but we can tell it's near Christmas by my sister's home-made angel ornament hanging in the niche as well as the box of tree ornaments in the lower right foreground. Another point of interest is the candle burning at the extreme left. It's functional, not ornamental; this was taken during a power outage occasioned by the record Northern California December 1955 storms. Also on the table next to the candle is my sister's Kodak Duaflex camera with flash attachment. View full size.
It was one year ago, June 23, 2008, that I uploaded my first photos to Shorpy. Ironic that on that date, exactly one year less a day before Kodak discontinued the film, one of them was a Kodachrome. This is me, in Kodachrome, shooting Kodachrome with my Kodak Retinette, in July 1967. View full size.
This is my grandma (who is no longer alive), pregnant with my father, making this around 1960. I'm fascinated by the mural above the fireplace and the little figures on top, but perhaps someone might know what the black thing on the table is? And, of course, the big blue thing and television are awesome. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.
My grandfather and eldest uncle on the eve of my uncle's departure to the Pacific theater in WWII. My grandfather served in France during WWI and was very proud to still fit into his uniform. Circa 1942, Connecticut. View full size.
I can't guarantee this is Father's Day, but going by the date imprinted on this Kodachrome slide mount it's certainly plausible. This is on the deck seen previously, with our dog Missie and my mother engrossed in the paper under the grape arbor. Today I'm six months older than my father is here, which in some undefinable way doesn't seem possible. View full size.
Here we see some teens at a dance party. I love the formal attire. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.