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Vintage photos of:
New Orleans French Quarter during Mardi Gras 1952 captures characters and a club headlining noted jazz clarinetist Alphonse Picou (1878 -1961). Mr. Picou played the Paddock Lounge at 309 Bourbon Street in the 1950s so it’s possible this is taken there. A small but nice view of Mardi Gras before it was commercialized and the Quarter before the T-Shirt shops. From Mother-in-law collection, wish the life-loving lady was still around and to answer a few questions.
Guernewood Park, California, 1954. I'm 8 years old and hanging from the cherry tree in the front yard of our summer place at the Russian River. Looks like I've got a new pair of Keds or PF Flyers. 2-1/4 square Ektachrome transparency. View full size.
The Richmond-San Rafael bridge on San Francisco Bay under construction, November 30, 1955. Shot by my brother on 35mm Kodachrome from a car ferry heading east toward Richmond. Smoke at left is from a San Rafael-bound ferry passing out of camera range to the north. View full size.
My father in his store, the De Luxe Groceteria, at 494 14th St. in San Francisco, sometime during WWII. This was a neighborhood grocery, but similar in size to the Skaggs Safeway stores he worked in and later managed in San Francisco during the 1920s-1930s. Here's a photo just after he opened in 1934. View full size.
Near Los Angeles, November 1956. Photographed by my brother on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size. Attention period filmmakers: center stripes on California highways were white in the 1950s, not yellow.
Members of my mother's family in Merced Falls, California, on an excursion from their home in San Francisco. Their family car is a 1914 Hudson 6-54. Standing on the running board, my mother and her twin brother Albert, with her older brother Francis and mother Marie standing at the right. Her father John is in the car, barely visible behind the windshield; oldest brother Jack drove, but isn't in this shot. Anna, a family friend, is seated on the running board. They're visiting my mother's older sister Mary, who had recently wed and moved to Merced Falls. View full size.
Family archives date this trip in the summer of 1919, although there's a 1920 license plate; I'm not sure how they were issued back then.
Some of these folks are also seen in a 1916 family portrait.
Scanned from original 2-1/2 X 4-1/4 116 roll film negative.