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When you find forty-year-old photos of yourself that you never knew existed, several thoughts may pop into your mind. For instance: "I dressed like that for a road trip?" Well, it was the 70s, after all. Thank goodness my friend had Kodachrome in his camera to fully capture the glorious redness of my trousers. While I enjoy the lovely view here somewhere near Monterey, California, other visitors seem to be dumpster diving. This slide was in a stash of them my friend and I unearthed in a spare room of his house a few days ago. View full size.
Since July 17 is Disneyland's 60th Anniversary, and since Shorpy has recently scored a trove of medium-format color transparencies, I thought I'd post this one my sister took with her Kodak Duaflex at the Magic Kingdom on her honeymoon in February 1958. Why the sign on the train station is blank, I don't know, since at all other times it's read "DISNEYLAND" with the elevation and "population." Also... where is everybody? View full size.
In this image that I didn't know existed until a few days ago, I'm aiming my Nizo Super-8 movie camera across the waters of Oregon's Crater Lake. I'm on a trip with my brother and my friend who took this Kodachrome slide. It's among scores we discovered in a forgotten box in a spare room at his place. View full size.
Members of the 147th CBCS, California Air National Guard, during summer training at Camp San Luis Obispo, California. This must have been the BBQ at the end of training. From a Kodachrome slide. View full size.
Here he is again, my Gramps, Warren Erickson, at the top of the steps. This time he is in Chicago in 1934 with Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, who's wearing the fedora. This is possibly a DC-1 or DC 2, since the DC-3 entered service a couple of years later. I'm sure this shot of them all looking with interest at some paper was posed; the passenger looking out the window may be thinking "OK, let's get this show on the road." View full size.
My grandfather William Kelly, here at the far left, immigrated from Ireland in 1907. He worked as a waiter, then eventually bought the restaurant in Philadelphia. After operating it for many years he retired and then tended bar in this local establishment at 59th and Nassau. The owner, Mr. Morris, is to his left. The photo is from around the 1940s. View full size.