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Vintage photos of:
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.
My brother's do-it-yourself hi-fi. From Top: tweeter, woofer, Webcor portable phonograph, Heathkit amplifier. One of his high school buddies assembled the Heathkit for him. He took this in the upstairs bedroom we shared until a year or so later. That's my bed on the right. Check out our cool wallpaper. View full size.
How do I even begin to explain why I did this? It was 1964; I was 18; I was big on photography; I was big on my record collection; I had a daylight photoflood bulb. At the time, it seemed like a no-brainer. Wards brand 35mm slide. View full size.