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Kitty on Sundial

Kitty on Sundial

An adorable photo, from the 1940's I believe, of a Siamese kitten on top of a (birdie) sundial. From my collection of Instant Relatives photos. Wish I knew more about this one.

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

One of my "Instant Relative" photos. Always thought it's a tall pumpkin or gourd he's sitting on, but now am not so sure ... maybe a big rock? Whatever it is, he sure seems to be having fun!

HMCS Ontario at 32 knots

HMCS Ontario at 32 knots

This photo was likely taken in 1950. The cruiser HMCS Ontario was originally HMS Minotaur before being transferred to the Canadian Navy in May 1945. After the war she became a training ship with the Canadian Navy. This photo was clearly taken on or near the bridge of the ship. The caption written on the photo has the name "Antigonish" crossed out and replaced with "Ontario." Since HMCS Antigonish was a single gun River Class frigate while HMCS Ontario mounted nine 6" guns in three turrets, it suggests that the person who wrote the caption wasn't in the Navy, though the photographer clearly was.

King of the Wild Frontier: 1963

King of the Wild Frontier: 1963

Entrance to Frontierland, August 1963. Disneyland was my favorite place in the whole world even before I ever got there. Over the course of several trips starting in 1960, I took hundreds of color slides, but apparently this Kodachrome is the only photo actually showing me there. The first one who spots me gets a free E ticket for the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.

The Perfect Cleaning Service - c.1900

The Perfect Cleaning Service - c.1900

Scanned from the original 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

Trick-or-Treat: 1957

Trick-or-Treat: 1957

Halloween 1957, or "Tterrace and the Haunted Door Lock." Must be a dry run, since it's still daylight outside. My sister did the pumpkin decoration with an early felt-tip marker, and took this 2-1/4 square transparency. I'm 11. View full size.

Ugly Duckling 1949

Ugly Duckling 1949

My mother, born in 1945, had a large cyst over her right eye, which could not be removed until she was five years old. She was only four when this photo was taken, but she remembers someone saying she had turn the "ugly" away from the camera. She was extremely bashful and this really hurt her feelings. I think she was a beautiful little girl (of course) and I cannot imagine a photographer saying such a thing today.

 
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