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Vintage photos of:
Santa Cruz, California Beach Boardwalk September 1953. Here I am at the entrance to the Fun House, alas now long gone. We might have gone down there for my 7th birthday; the prints from this negative (2-1/4 square Kodacolor) were made the following month. Wish I still had a shirt like that. View full size.
Revelers posed in front of the, at the time Mob influenced union
AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists), French Quarter New Orleans.
New Orleans French Quarter during Mardi Gras 1952 captures characters and a club headlining noted jazz clarinetist Alphonse Picou (1878 -1961). Mr. Picou played the Paddock Lounge at 309 Bourbon Street in the 1950s so it’s possible this is taken there. A small but nice view of Mardi Gras before it was commercialized and the Quarter before the T-Shirt shops. From Mother-in-law collection, wish the life-loving lady was still around and to answer a few questions.
Guernewood Park, California, 1954. I'm 8 years old and hanging from the cherry tree in the front yard of our summer place at the Russian River. Looks like I've got a new pair of Keds or PF Flyers. 2-1/4 square Ektachrome transparency. View full size.
The Richmond-San Rafael bridge on San Francisco Bay under construction, November 30, 1955. Shot by my brother on 35mm Kodachrome from a car ferry heading east toward Richmond. Smoke at left is from a San Rafael-bound ferry passing out of camera range to the north. View full size.
My father in his store, the De Luxe Groceteria, at 494 14th St. in San Francisco, sometime during WWII. This was a neighborhood grocery, but similar in size to the Skaggs Safeway stores he worked in and later managed in San Francisco during the 1920s-1930s. Here's a photo just after he opened in 1934. View full size.