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Vintage photos of:
Me (Foy) on Christmas morning in Folkston, Georgia. Age 2. 1961. 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.
Barbie was made out to be some sort of vixen on those carrying cases, huh? View full size.
Kodachrome slide. Grandma and Grandpa in Valparaiso, Indiana, around 1948. View full size.
The McWhinnie family Christmas in 1943 with my maternal Grandmother Vivina Ortner, her siblings, and parents.
Top row L to R:
Ruth, David Jr., Mary Alice, Vivina
Bottom row L to R:
parents Ruth & David, and baby of the family Dolores.
Dr. Mary Alice McWhinnie was a famous pioneer as a female scientist in Antarctica. Read a neat blog entry here, including another picture of Mary Alice & the plaque dedicating a bio lab to her at Palmer Station: