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Vintage photos of:
1955. My brother had just gotten his 35mm Lordox and was experimenting. Always ready to be the center of attention, I was glad to supply the subject matter. Another cool shirt. The TV is showing what most people would think is a Cadillac emblem, but I think it's Nash. View full size.
1956 Cal Poly Homecoming Parade, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Another of my brother's 35mm Ektachromes. I like this one also for the vintage neon signs. Gad, how I hated it when those flat, bland fluorescent-behind-translucent-plastic jobs started taking over. View full size.
1956 Cal Poly Homecoming Parade, San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Soils Club float "A New Science." Shot by my brother on 35mm Ektachrome. View full size.
1956 Cal Poly Homecoming Parade, San Luis Obispo. They're toasting the coeds because this is the first year Cal Poly had them. I don't know what I.A.S. stands for, but student clubs and societies associated with their majors generally sponsored floats. My brother's 35mm Ektachrome slide. View full size.
1955. A rainbow over the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, seems to end on a row of classic 50s cars. The two-tone '53 Olds is nice, but I wish it wasn't obscuring the red-roofed Merc behind it. Shot by my brother, then a freshman there, on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.
San Francisco Bay, November 30, 1955. The car ferry Klamath heading west to San Rafael from Richmond. We're on board another one heading east. Looking south from the starboard side of our vessel, we'd see this view of the bridge that, when completed, would end the ferry service. My brother shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. But I was there on the boat with him. View full size.