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Oak Park, Illinois, 1952. My grandmother (left), mother (center), and aunts. One of my cousins is leaning against the wall, her feet visible in the lower center of the photo. The occasion was probably a holiday, as the ladies are wearing their Sunday best, and that huge cooking pot had to have held a turkey. My mom, the only adult in the photo who's still with us, thinks it may have been Christmas. 35mm slide. View full size.
Scanned from the original 2.5 x 3.5 inch negative. View full size.
Christmas 1953. Oak Park, Illinois. My cousin Tom experiencing the thrill of his first Lionel electric train. My Uncle Bill is manning the transformer, and my dad, who was a real-life railroad engineer, is on the right. 35mm slide. View full size.
Another one from my Instant Relatives collection. They look like such a fun loving couple. He must be quite taken with her to be wearing "that" on his head. Had to consult my Fashions of Yesteryear expert on when this was taken and we determined it to be from the Edwardian period. Am assuming it was shot in Southern CA (due to the palm tree in the background & that's where I obtained the pic), but don't know much else about this one... any thoughts out there? Thanx!