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A Seventies Fourth

A Seventies Fourth

Larkspur, California July 4, 1974. The beginning of the parade is heading this way on Magnolia Avenue, just passing the crowd at the right gathered in front of the Silver Peso bar, still a major draw downtown. The fire trucks are from Larkspur and Corte Madera, who jointly host the Twin Cities Parade and other festivities each year. If there's any lingering doubt about this being the 1970s, I offer in evidence: that guy's pants. I shot this 35mm Kodacolor II negative with a 135mm telephoto lens. View full size.

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The parade

Any shots of the parade itself? I'm a Canadian and have never actually seen a Fourth of July parade. This one looks like the kind that has fire trucks in it. I'm assuming a marching band, too? (My mom, born on July 4 to a proud American-born mother, was named Stella for the Stars.)

I had just started Air Force basic training.

Began on June 26, 1974. A couple of months later went to language school in Monterey, graduated in 1975. Twenty years later returned to Monterey to be an associate dean at the language school. Have been in the Monterey area ever since. 1974 - a great time to be alive.

Alpha Beta Soda

Haven't seen that stuff in years! Thanks for all the great photos tterrace. Happy Fourth!

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