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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Travel & Vacation

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall ...

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall ...

Today we continue documenting the annual vacation odysseys of the Red Chevy family from Great Falls with a 35mm Kodachrome titled: "Great Divide at Kicking Horse Pass, Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada. July 18, 1961." I found these on eBay — picture after picture of the family car, a 1960 Chevrolet, every summer from 1960 to 1964. More below, including the actual kids. View full size.

 

Happy Campers: 1960

Happy Campers: 1960

Kids of the Red Chevy family. "Camping near Many Glacier. Glacier Nat. Park, Montana. July 3 1960." Underexposed Kodachrome. View full size.

Hawaii: 1962

Hawaii: 1962

Somewhere in Hawaii in 1962 - who can tell us where? 35mm Ektachrome transparency from a California thrift store. View full size.

 

First Clouds, then Sun: 1963

First Clouds, then Sun: 1963

"Going-to-the-Sun Hwy., Glacier Nat. Park, Montana. June 8, 1963." 35mm Kodachrome transparency. View full size. Today we continue our selection of vacation slides found on eBay and in a thrift store out west (tip of the Shorpy cap to Tom Munoz). Above is the vacationing Great Falls family we met yesterday, in a picture taken the year after this one. Anyone ready for a sandwich?

 

Lukens Lake: 1956

Lukens Lake: 1956

"Bath house at Lukens Lake near Peru, Indiana. July 1956." 35mm Kodachrome transparency. View full size.

 

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

1956 Chrysler and owner at the Crescent View Apartments, somewhere in Florida. 35mm Ektachrome transparency. View full size. This is the sensible-looking kind of lady who ran the world when I was a little kid - growing up in Florida!

 

Look What We Got!

Look What We Got!

"Rinker boys. June 1960." This looks to be in California. View full size.

 
 
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