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Ready to Party: 1961, not 1959

Ready to Party: 1961, not 1959

This must have been a big deal party because the woman in the foreground with her hand at her hip is my grandmother, Marie. She lived two states away from Levittown, Pennsylvania, in New York City. She did not visit often.

Leaning against the sink, with her arm also on her hip, is Dorothy Neil, our next door neighbor. My mother, Arlene, is the center adult. What she is doing at the counter, I don’t know. But this picture makes it clear that it is her arm getting something from under the sink in last week’s picture.

I am guessing that the crouching child is me because she seems to be setting the not-table with plastic candy baskets. I can’t imagine a guest doing that. This shot also makes me question the date. Standing up, these girls look bigger than nursery school. I would guess they were kindergartners. But they can’t be because the Neils did not live next door to us in 1960. They did in 1959 and 1961. So these must be first graders, making it my seventh birthday.

And Now for Some Cake: 1961

And Now for Some Cake: 1961

The reverse shot from the one I posted last week shows the star of the party: the birthday cake. It also shows that it wasn’t an ALL girl party.

California Girls: 194x

California Girls: 194x

Taken somewhere near Covina, California, this is my mother-in-law and her older sister. I'm guessing it's in the early 1940s. View full size.

Winnie and Mount Hood: 194x

Winnie and Mount Hood: 194x

My husband's grandfather took many photos of his wife, like this one from the 1940s. The color of the slide has changed over the years. View full size.

Grandfather on a Windjammer: 1915

Grandfather on a Windjammer: 1915

My grandfather, Pete Burns, was a sailor aboard the last commercial sailing ships on the West Coast. Alaska Packers, a subsidiary of the Del Monte Corporation (aka the California Packing Co.) maintained a small fleet of steel hulled, square rigged ships which sailed between San Francisco and its salmon canning operations in Alaska. The ships carried cannery supplies up from San Francisco and brought back canned salmon from its canneries.

Even though steamships were the most used form of marine transportation by the first part of the 20th century, Del Monte found it more cost advantageous to maintain and crew a fleet of "windjammers" well into the 1920's. View full size.

Dan Gurney: 1970

Dan Gurney: 1970

The passing this past week of American racing legend Dan Gurney got me searching back to 35 mm slides I took at the 1970 Mosport, Ontario CanAm race. The race was held just weeks following the tragic death of Bruce McLaren, test driving one of his cars, and Dan stepped up to replace him driving one of the dominant Team McLaren "Orange Elephants", M8Ds with big-block Chevrolet engines. Dan drove to a victory in car 48, supported by teammate and fellow McLaren Kiwi, Denny Hulme. As McLaren was a dominant force, both as driver and constructor, so was Gurney. View full size.

The Show Must Go On: 1970

The Show Must Go On: 1970

Here's Denny Hulme in the McLaren car 5 at the 1970 Mosport, Ontario CanAm race, held in the aftermath of Bruce McLaren's untimely death. Hulme came in third at the finish. In the coming seasons, Jackie Stewart became a vocal advocate for racetrack safety to stem the carnage among drivers. He was almost vilified for his "crusade" but was vindicated with the results after safety was finally taken seriously. View full size.

 
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