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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Greetings, Weblings: 1955

Greetings, Weblings: 1955

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.

Hundreds Spot Flying Saucer!

Hundreds Spot Flying Saucer!

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.

Micro-Coedology

Micro-Coedology

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.

A Toast to the Coeds

A Toast to the Coeds

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.

End of the Rainbow: Cars!

End of the Rainbow: Cars!

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.

Car Ferry: 1955

Car Ferry: 1955

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.

Black and White in Color

Black and White in Color

In 1964, our 21-inch Motorola was 12 years old. The next year we got color TV.

 
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