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"At Camp Tobin - July 19, 1914" is all that my Mother's older sister Mary wrote on the page of her photo album. He's also in a group shot with a few others in scouting-type outfits along with a bunch of teenagers in city-boy clothes, so I guess it's a Boy Scout camp. It would have to be near enough to San Francisco for Aunt Mary to have made a day trip.
Joseph and Betty Manning in Beltsville, Maryland, 1941. This is my favorite photo of my mom and dad. View full size.
Summer 1953. Here I am, just turned 7 and lacking the full complement of front teeth, with my teddy bears in our back yard in Larkspur, California. The big red one is Rufus, who I won at a church festival, at one of those booths with a spinning wheel and a row of numbers along the counter. Someone gave me a dime to plunk down on one and the wheel stopped on mine. They pointed to all the prizes on the shelf and asked me what I wanted. My eyes bugged out and I pointed and yelled "I want HIM!!!" There's also a Frosty the Snowman and Smokey the Bear. From a 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative.
Seals Stadium, San Francisco, August 1953. My sister (third gal from left) and her friends at the ballpark to watch the San Francisco Seals play. Five years later the Giants came to town, and in 1959 Seals Stadium was demolished. From a 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative. View full size.
Little boys in the 60s seemed to have an obsession with floor sweeping implements, if recent Shorpy submissions are any indication. This is my nephew Jimmy, on a Christmas 1961 visit to our home in Larkspur, California. 127 Ektachrome slide.
Diamond Bar, California, Christmas Day 1964. My nephew Jimmy got a G.I. Joe. I got almost all of him in the frame. Not Kodachrome, unfortunately, but some cheap department store off-brand slide film. View full size.