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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN U.S. CROP CORPS, WWII

Playing Dolls: 1958

Playing Dolls: 1958

Of course if you don’t yet have a brother to put in your doll carriage, you can climb into it yourself. Which was probably a lot easier than getting back out of it.

Living the Dream: 1920s

Living the Dream: 1920s

My maternal grandparents Rose and John Peshekerian were survivors of the Armenian holocaust, both having lost their parents to the Ottoman Turks. They met and married in California and later produced two daughters, one of whom was my mother. Both arrived in the United States with not much more than the clothes on their backs.

In relatively short order, though(perhaps 15 years), my grandfather became a successful San Francisco real estate broker. This photo from the 1920s (exact date unknown) is an obvious expression of them having "arrived." Both are dressed to the nines; both formally posed as husband and wife.

Rose died of cancer in 1949, at the age of 56. John lived to be 93 years old and passed away, alone, in 1976 in San Francisco, never having remarried. View full size.

My First Communion: 1970

My First Communion: 1970

1970, near Zurich. First Communion; I was 9 years old.

Wedding Day: 1964

Wedding Day: 1964

The wedding party. St Petersburg, Florida, April 23, 1964 at Temple Beth-El, Pasadena Avenue South.

My parents' wedding day. My mom is at center in the off-white dress. These are her bridesmaids and friends. The matron of honor is second from left in the pink dress. Her name was Wilda; she was also a hairstylist and did my mom's hair for the wedding.

I love the profusion of pearl necklaces, netted hats and silky sheath dresses. Fashion was great back then. Very "Mad Men"!

My parents were married for 37 years.

Hip Halloween: 1965

Hip Halloween: 1965

Here are my folks again, this time, at Halloween, 1965. They're posing in the Florida home of my grandparents. All the artwork was done by my dad. I do have recollection of that sofa with the chenille covers. When my granddad passed in 1985, we kept all the artwork and books but the hip furnishings went to a charity shop.

HMS Rodney

HMS Rodney

From a glass slide purchased in England. HMS Rodney was a battleship (10,300 tons) built in 1884. View full size.

Rollfast Redux: 1959

Rollfast Redux: 1959

Here's a second look at my husband Peter's Rollfast Deluxe bike. Chenango Bridge, New York, 1959. Anscochrome slide. View full size.

 
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