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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT, WWII

Lives of the Party: 1934

Lives of the Party: 1934

Costume party for the Western States Life Insurance Company Employees' Club, Oct. 25, 1934. I think this was taken in the Grand Ballroom of the Masonic Temple in Sacramento at 1123 J Street, which still exists. One of the employees was my wife's aunt, who I believe is three rows back on the right and hidden by the conductor; her friend Marion is in front and to the right of her. View full size.

Grandfather Takes Deadwood: 1910

Grandfather Takes Deadwood: 1910

Studio portrait of my grandfather, William Haase, taken about 1910 in Deadwood, South Dakota. He is at left rear, with an unidentified friend to his left. The three ladies in front are also unidentified, although family legend has it that two of them were "cousins" of Grandpa William. Uh-huh. William died in 1930 when my mother was only 8 years old, so most of the truth about this escapade has been left to conjecture. View full size.

The Glass Bottom Boat: 1958

The Glass Bottom Boat: 1958

A ride on a glass-bottom boat, Silver Springs State Park, Florida, 1958. Mom, Dad and me (foreground) on the right, my older brother on the left. This is a souvenir photo that was made available for purchase. Later that week my dad splurged on a roll of Kodacolor for our visit to Cypress Gardens. I remember it so clearly. View full size.

Uncle Pat: 1956

Uncle Pat: 1956

My wife's Uncle Pat O'Neill in his backyard in the River Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California, taken on July 14, 1956. He was a retired prison guard from Folsom Prison, and his only niece, my wife, was always scared of him. We live in this house now. Levee in the background is that of the American River. View full size.

Look What Mother Made: 1957

Look What Mother Made: 1957

A high percentage of the photos in my family’s album are not pictures of the people in the photos, but pictures of the clothes. This is one of those. The location is my mother’s sewing room in our first family home that was in Levittown, Pennsylvania. My mother has undoubtedly handed me a new dress that she had just designed, sewn, and completed for me to wear. I am just kind of studiously holding it in response to her handing it to me for the first time. I have no doubt that the little jumper and blouse that I am wearing was also designed and sewn by her.

She didn’t approve of store-bought clothes because their craftsmanship was not up to her standards. I remember a particularly dramatic experience at a store when my elementary school required every girl to get a jumper for physical education class. She took one look at the required garment’s large stitching and baggy shape, and refused to buy it. Instead she designed and sewed an entirely different P.E. jumper for me to wear. It was nicer than the commercial outfit, but not much like those. Fortunately the school did not make an issue out of my mother's creativity. I was being raised to be a little non-conformist by default. View full size.

Baby See, Baby Do: 1956

Baby See, Baby Do: 1956

My mother was very into fashion design and sewing. Her parents had both worked in the garment trade and she was a graduate of New York City’s FIT (a college for clothing design). There are several pictures in my family’s albums of me at the sewing machine, but this is the earliest of those. I was so small I could not even sit in the chair. But I do appear to be actually sewing, just like I saw my mother do. The bizarre boy-cut hair I have was done to me by (an adult) neighbor, much to my mother’s displeasure, who wrote to her mother that the best thing about it was that my hair would grow and make it go away. Photo was probably taken by my mother on an Argus 75 box camera. Scan was made from a negative. View full size.

The Bar Is Open: 1975

The Bar Is Open: 1975

A slide from a collection I purchased at a flea market a few years back. They had belonged to an Air Force sergeant and his wife and dated from the 1950s to the 1970s; this one was marked May 1975. View full size.

 
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