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Suburban Birthday: 1958

Suburban Birthday: 1958

When was the last time you attended a kid's birthday party with ladies in white dresses and the kids were dressed in their best not-suitable-for-dirt clothes? This was 1958, West Covina California. This was my birthday party, dammit! View full size.

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Thanks, glenkohl - I hope to see some of your pictures here.

More info on this picture: I'm the kid kneeling by the dirt pile. Doug, my best pal, is holding the bucket in the back. Precious memories indeed. The house next door had a built-in pool, and a good friend named Dennis. The house next door to Dennis was Doug's house, and it was my second home. There was built-in pool, a second mom; so nice - this was suburbia back in the day. The lady shown is a neighbor and the mother of the boy up front and his little sister. I was never friends with him, but hey, it was a birthday party, and you didn't have to like the kid whose party you were invited to, right?

Happy Birthday, dammit! :)

I turned 5 that year, and have plenty of old family photos that are eerily similar to this one.

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