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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Early American Christmas: 1961

Early American Christmas: 1961

December 1961. Maybe people who lived in the Hollywood Hills or in the pages of Sunset Magazine dwelt in high-concept Case Study homes, but regular young marrieds of this period were more likely to have furnished their abodes from the Early American section of the Montgomery Ward catalog. Here is a classic example of its kind, down to the ubiquitous braided rugs.

My nephew Jimmy, on the right, is visiting his cousin Bobby, and apparently I came along to record the event on this 127 Ektachrome. Jimmy is pulling the talk string on his Casper the Friendly Ghost, one of about a billion times he did it that year. "I'm co-o-o-o-ld." After 47 years that sound still echoes in my brain. Bobby's got himself a Mr. Machine, who didn't talk, but the TV commercial jingle still resonates. "Here he comes, here he comes, greatest toy you've ever seen, and his name is Mr. Machine!" I know that because at the age of 15 I was still watching cartoons on TV every day. In addition to the incredibly cool army truck, somebody has gotten a "Super Sonic Jetliner," whose wings were cleverly designed to deliberately detach. Someone else, presumably, has gotten the gift box of Kools up there on the end table. View full size.

Christmas 1955

Christmas 1955

Christmas 1955. South Bend, Indiana, with my brothers and sisters.

The Reinbolts

The Reinbolts

Reinbolt family photo Christmas card. Off to the woods to cut down a tree, maybe.

Pere Noel

Pere Noel

Father Christmas and young girl on a miniature elephant. A photo for any French family to cherish for years. Found this one near Fayence, in the south of France.

Frank Lloyd Wright PO: 1962

Frank Lloyd Wright PO: 1962

I thought I'd get on the Frank Lloyd Wright bandwagon with this Kodachrome I took in December 1962 of the only federal government building Wright designed. It's the Post Office at the Marin County Civic Center, itself one of Wright's last projects. That's my brother adding a human interest angle. The neat half globe fell victim to vandalism long ago and was never replaced. I apologize for the lack of a Pontiac Bonneville parked provocatively in the foreground. View full size.

The Boomerang: 1963

The Boomerang: 1963

Winter 1962-63 in Aspen, Colorado. Boomerang Lodge, designed by owner Charlie Paterson, a Frank Lloyd Wright-trained architect (and ski instructor). The vehicle on the left is a Cadillac hearse used as a lodge limo! View full size.

Piece Of The Rock

Piece Of The Rock

The Rock of Gibraltar, early 1950's. Dad took this during his Navy tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea during the Korean conflict. During slide shows when I was a kid I was so impressed that my dad had actually seen the rock used in Prudential commercials.

 
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