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Vintage photos of:
1940's in Valparaiso, Indiana. Dad's working on his first car that he bought for $25. I think this is after the war but I'm sure the gearheads among us can tell us the earliest possible year based on the car in the background. The title refers to what my uncle wrote on the slide index. He was more forthcoming with the comedy than he was with dates. From a Kodachrome slide that was too dark so to get the car to show up I adjusted the heck out of the levels in Photoshop. Sorry the background colors seemed to suffer a bit.
My sisters enjoying a special bedtime snack, somewhere in Indiana. Kodachrome slide. View full size.
Characteristic mid-century picnic behavior, posing for the human totem pole photo. In this case, 1953, me at the top, my brother at the bottom, various friends in between. View full size.
When the film comes back, my sister's hopes for a lovely framed 8x10 enlargement are dashed when she sees that at the last moment the horse turned its head, transforming what should have been a placid rural scene into a grotesque circus of horrors. July 1956, California's Napa Valley captured on Ektachrome. View full size.
1958. Homemade go-cart, complete with baby seat. Me, my brother, and my mom riding in a go-cart my dad made for the family. View full size.