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Vintage photos of:
Diamond Bar, California, Christmas Day 1964. My nephew Jimmy got a G.I. Joe. I got almost all of him in the frame. Not Kodachrome, unfortunately, but some cheap department store off-brand slide film. View full size.
Our third look at the Holiday Shop record and camera store in Roeland Park, Kansas, circa 1950. Frank Sinatra is pictured on the wall. View full size.
Senior Honor Society students from the 1952 class of Pierre S duPont HS in Wilmington DE, during their trip to Washington DC in April of that year. From left to right: Karl M Buretz, Don Williamson, Dorothy Clarkson (?), Carole Brumbaugh, Norma Anderson, Alison Almy, Richard A Chilcutt, John Karomfily. Photographer: John Strassburger
Rochester, Indiana, 1972. This might fit in with the other Shorpy photos of newsies. Okay, maybe if not for the clean clothes. And the obviously stable home environment. And how my brother didn't have to work long hours. And I don't think he had trouble with the cops on his route, either. Or even rival news carriers who wanted to beat him severely. View full size.
My sisters with their super cool Oriental hats. Later, the yellow one flew out the window on the turnpike and its former owner could not understand why Dad couldn't turn around and pick it up. Kodachrome slide. View full size.