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Judging by the age of the kids, I am guessing this is a jr. high band, mid 1950's. The fellow 3rd from the right front row I am certain is my father Gary. The only thing that baffles me is that my dad NEVER mentioned anything about playing any kind of musical instrument, nor did he ever play any musical instruments while I was growing up. Wish he was around for me to ask him. View full size.
Poker night with the boys, sometime in the late 40's. Grandpa Frank is 2nd from left. View full size.
A group of Cub Scouts from North Sacramento meet the stars of a kids' TV show. View full size.
The Sunset Motel in 1957. Brevard, South Carolina. View full size.
June 1963. A year after my father sat on the deck reading the paper, here's my mother out there engrossed in her favorite newspaper activity, doing the crossword puzzle. I don't see the BBQ... er, grill, so maybe we were just eating outside to escape the kitchen's heat on a summer day. Besides the Melmac cup and saucer, other typical 1950s-60s paraphernalia in view includes square waxed milk and half-and-half cartons (Lucas Valley Dairy, for any vintage Marinites out there), another of our anodized aluminum tumblers, a woven basket chair peeking in at the left, and a decorative cement Japanese garden lamp. In the distance, our cactus garden, which by this time I'd taken over. More of my succulent collection in pots lines the edge of the deck. There's our rain gauge mounted on the fence. My Kodachrome slide. View full size.
My Mom, Margaret Ann Wood, in 1961. View full size.
My grandparents, Lucille & Lynn Binkley, during courtship in 1922. View full size.