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48-Star Salute: 1950s

48-Star Salute: 1950s

Bill Bliss and friend playing on the roof in the mid-1950s in Southern California. I don't know for sure if this was actually taken on the Fourth of July but it's patriotic nonetheless. View full size.

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Stacked conicals

Those stacked conicals sure bring back memories of the '50s when if you didn't live in a big city you had to have a pretty impressive antenna on the roof to get stations from neighboring towns. Now a days people think they're ugly but back then a big TV antenna was a status symbol. They always fascinated me and as teen I began putting them up for people and eventually got into TV repair and then spend 28 years maintaining a transmitter that fed those antennas.

Two-fingered salute

Looks like someone was a Cub Scout.

Question for Dave

Dave I am wondering which photo got the most responses ... what you may call a Shorpy Record. Thanks again for all your wonderful photos.

[Most comments: Our Lady of Lourdes. Most views: The Beaver Letter. Thank you, and I hope we all realize that these photos come from many different sources. Tony W. posted this one. Look above the photo where it says "Submitted by" to see who contributed it. - Dave]

Old Glory

This flag appeared in an ad in todays NY Times. It is from an interesting Website,, which called it a "Rare 39 Star American National Flag, Circa 1879-1896". I thought Shorpy readers would enjoy seeing it this Independence Day.

Works For Me

Hope everyone in the Shorpy family has a great Day!

Not Digital

That's a very impressive stack of two bay clipper TV antennas looming over the little patriots.

Fourth of July Parade

Here's a Fourth of July parade in Woodside Park, Maryland, in 1928. Woodside Park was then a 5 year old "home colony" just north of Washington, D.C. Most of its lots were still unsold.

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