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Vintage photos of:
Pamplona, Spain in the summer of 1935, one year before the start of the Civil War.
My dad, the smiling one, with his brothers and friends having fun.
At the seminary of Pamplona: Firts days of the Opus Dei with Monseñor Escrivá de Balaguer founder of the "Obra" trying to catch rich familys sons.
After war to get out of prision you need someone of the Franco regimen to inter yield for you to be free. Balaguer do nothing for my father to get out of prisión.
Agur! View full size.
Our family poses for our first ever color photo in July 1951. We're joined by my godmother's son Alfred at the far left; his father is taking the picture and it's their green 1941 Cadillac on whose bumper I'm perched. Another thing that's not ours is the house; our own just-purchased summer place here in Guernewood, California is out of range to the right next door. The only bad thing about this photo is that it was shot on Kodacolor; by now the negative, if it even exists, would be totally opaque. All we have is this 3½ x 5-inch print and, like all Kodacolor prints of that period, it's faded and acquired a predominant yellow cast. Over the years I've tinkered with it several times, and this is my latest restoration effort.* For reference, my father is 49 here, my brother almost 14, my mother about to turn 43, my sister 17, and I'm a month away from 5. I didn't have to say "cheese" for the camera; summers at our place at the Russian River were just about the happiest days of my life. *Additional tweaking by Dave. View full size.
The Jersey shore circa 1906. "Rolling chair on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City." In the distance, the giant safety razor seen on the Gillette sign in the previous post. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.