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My aunt Susan, around two years old. According to my dad when he was alive, their neighborhood is now Parking Lot C for LA International Airport, which I believe since their street address of 9025 Goebel Avenue does not show anywhere on Google Maps to exist (I confirmed this from their WW2 food ration books I have saved). Or the street was renamed? Can anyone ID the car in the background?? View full size.
In answer to countless requests for photos of 13-year-old boys smoking pipes while driving the automobile ultimately to be called the Toyota, I hereby submit this 35mm Kodacolor negative my brother took in January 1960. Full disclosure: it's my brother's unlit pipe and I'm not driving. I'm in a parked 1960 Crown Custom at Hil Probert's Toyopet dealership in Larkspur, California. That's our house up the hill at the top right. Note the special bonus for fellow Shorpy obsolete car make aficionados. View full size.
I'm really looking for some help with this one. The caption that was one the original photo says "American Carrier, 1950." The trouble is that it's not an American carrier at all, if for no other reason than the fact that there's a White Ensign flying on the fantail (there are other indicators as well). The photo was one of a series that was taken near Victoria B.C. and the most obvious guess - that this is the Canadian carrier HMCS Magnificent - is also a wrong guess since Magnificent was based out of Halifax on the east coast. Clearly then this was a British carrier, possibly on the way to Korea, but what ship?
Taken mid 1940's, maybe a war's over party? My grandpa Frank on the far right next to the lamp, my grandma Grace 2nd from the left in the front row. View full size.