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Everybody in the colorful kitchen has come through the door to join the rest of the gang in the more subdued dining room. Other shots indicate this was a going-away party for a son who had joined the Navy and was leaving for the East Coast. Pyrex fans will note the missing yellow bowl. View full size.
A mad clash of colors and styles in this vintage Kodachrome; I love it all, but not all in the same room. It's one side of a mounted 3-D pair from a collection found in a thrift store. I'm fairly certain the woman making the cake is the mother of the young boy behind the table, but I'm not sure of the others. View full size.
My second grade class at James Buchanan Elementary School, Levittown Pennsylvania, spring 1962. Teacher is Shayndel Sacks (which may have had a different spelling. Her first name was pronounced Shane-Dell, and her last name could have been spelled Sachs). I am the girl seated next to her, wearing the blue headband. At least a third of these same children were in my first grade class. View full size.
From slides found in a thrift store along with others taken around 1956 in Southern California. Not quite up there with Hubert Tuttle/Norman Rockwell but a slice of 50's life none the less. View full size.
Meriman Photo Art, 1411 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, California. Kodachrome slide taken in 1957 that I found in a thrift store. View full size.
A Kodachrome slide apparently from the late-1950s I found in a thrift store. Looks like it's just had a new paddle wheel installed. View full size.
Portola, California, September 2, 1931. My mother-to-be posed by my father-to-be in front of Western Pacific 2-8-8-2 articulated locomotive #256. WP articulated locomotives were known to employees of that railroad as a "Malley," for Anatole Mallet, who invented the compound articulated locomotive; WP "Malleys" were articulated but not compound.
The standard reference for Western Pacific steam locomotives lists a build date of 1938 for #256. This is probably incorrect, as the builder's number is one past WP #255, and the official road diagrams list Road Class 251 followed by Road Class 257, which puts #256 in the earlier group. Taken out of service in 1950 and scrapped in 1952. View full size.