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My cousins, dressed in their Easter Sunday best, pose among the flowers at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. 35mm slide. View full size.
Previously in our living room we saw what it looked like with the family dressed up and posed formally. Here's what real, every-day life was like, captured by my brother in this candid, available light shot on 35mm Kodak Tri-X on April 21, 1955. Newspapers strewn around on the floor; my mother in her ubiquitous apron with her hair up in curlers; Father with his slippers kicked off, looking up from his paper (looks like our local Marin County daily, the San Rafael Independent-Journal) across the room at the TV. What that giant pile of stuff is next to my mother I haven't been able to figure out; some big, fabric-related project of hers perhaps. Where am I? My guess: behind my brother, on the floor, eyes glued to the TV. View full size.
Not sure if teams B and C are Collegiate or Prep School. I am thinking Brown and Cornell but it might Choate and some rivals preppies-- just wild guesses. The photo is likely from the North East U.S. and my guesstimate puts the year somewhere +/- 10 years from 1910. Scanned from a 3x5 medium format negative. There are a few more of them here. Any help on identification would be wonderful. View full size.
November 24, 1983. Nineteen years after this previous shot our kitchen is still more or less salmon and my mother's 1955-vintage O'Keefe & Merritt range is still doing yeoman service, in this case having just disgorged the turkey, which my father is carving, while Mother herself makes the gravy. I can still almost smell it. Scanned from my 35mm Kodak Vericolor negative. View full size.
And let the good times roll. Scanned from the original glass negative 5x8 inches. View full size.