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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Stylin' of 1970

Stylin' of 1970

My sister and me in Spring, 1970. Fountain, Colorado. I am four years old and sure, while I was styling in the early 70s style, I still cringe at the short pants and that green shirt - almost as much as I cringe about the couch we are sitting on and the wood paneling of my grandmother's home.

My mother took the image using her Kodak Instamatic 104 using Kodak 126 film she dropped off at a Fotomat on US 85/87 in Security. I am sure a flashcube was needed - it was inside, although I suppose sunlight could have penetrated Grandma's heavy curtains.

My sister was born with a double cleft lip and palate. Her first of 40 corrective surgeries will come within a year. View full size.

Kids, Pontiacs, Kodachrome: 1953

Kids, Pontiacs, Kodachrome: 1953

My best friend and his sister with a 1953 Pontiac on a late afternoon in front of their home in Larkspur, California. Since their own family car was the 1941 Pontiac in the background, I'm assuming this shot was taken by the owner of the new one. The dealer, Bianco, was a long-time car dealership in Marin County up through the 2000s. At the time David and I were in the first grade together at Larkspur-Corte Madera School, just three blocks away. Earlier this year you saw us both at his sixth birthday party in this photo. He's no longer with us, but his sister has loaned me her family photos to peruse and has given me permission to post this scan I made of this particularly Kodachromalicious slide. View full size.

Super Fly: 1972

Super Fly: 1972

Some may find it fitting that this photo of me was taken at the San Francisco Zoo. I remember having striped pants in the 70s, but this total ensemble comes as a surprise, since I'd never seen this photo until a few days ago. It turned up in a box of forgotten slides at my friend's house. I attribute my expression to having just spotted him aiming his camera at me. For my part, I'm clutching my first movie camera, a Super-8 GAF job with an 8-1 zoom lens. View full size.

Birmingham Steel Mill

Birmingham Steel Mill

I purchased this framed photo at an estate sale in Birmingham. This image looks like it may be Sloss Furnace, now a Birmingham historic site, at the turn of the century. View full size.

Down on Main: 1976

Down on Main: 1976

Main Street, USA in Disneyland, that is, where my friend has captured me on Kodachrome with bell-bottoms billowing and armed with Super-8 camera. I didn't know this photo existed until a few days ago when he and I discovered a cache of slides in a forgotten box at his place. In fact, I'd totally forgotten we'd taken this Southern California road trip at all. Much to his amusement. View full size.

Tiburon Tommie's: 1969

Tiburon Tommie's: 1969

No, Tommie's not the guy with the anchor up ... well, with the anchor. That's me. Tiburon is a Marin County town on San Francisco Bay, and Tiburon Tommie's was a Chinese restaurant with a decor and cocktail selection that today would be called Tiki. Opened about 1955 by Tommie Cox and former Trader Vic's employee Johnnie Won, it closed around 1997 and today exists only in the warm nostalgic memories of older Marinites. This is the bay side of the building, which itself no longer exists. Existing was something that I didn't know this slide did until a couple days ago, when my friend who took it in 1969 and I were rooting around the spare room of his house and found a bunch of slides he'd forgotten about. This one's a 126 Ektachrome taken with a Kodak Instamatic. I recognized those aluminum sticks in the lower right corner as legs of my tripod, so I must have been taking Super-8 movies that day. View full size.

The Starliner: 1958

The Starliner: 1958

My grandfather, Warren Erickson, at the upper left with his pals and co-workers at the Lockheed factory in Burbank, California in May 1958. These guys were with TWA, charged with getting this graceful beast working right. This was the model 1649, the Super Constellation, and the last version made. The first was the 049, dating back to WW2. TWA was the primary customer of this bird. It was a daunting and formidable job, indeed. They had the some of the most formidably complicated piston engines to maintain, the Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclones.

I was told how he loved his job and the guys he worked with. They were involved with one of the most beautiful planes ever made, working tirelessly to get the problems resolved. These were the days of slide rules, screwdrivers, and cocktail napkin drawings. View full size.

 
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