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Open Carry: 1929

Open Carry: 1929

This appears to be the same couple seen in the Roadhouse photo posted yesterday. From a box of negatives found in a Redlands thrift store. Many of these are stored in fragments of the original Kodak envelopes from the Whittier Book Store at 113-1/2 N. Greenleaf Avenue. View full size.

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Intersection of here and there

Most likely this photo was taken at the intersection of Twin Valley Road & Forest Route 16N41 or Forest Route 16N41 & High Glade Rd. Those are the two intersections nearest to 6 miles from Bartlett Springs and 17 miles from upper lake. Next time I'm over that way I will have to visit Bartlett Springs; just the foundation of the spring house is still there, but the hotel burned down in 1934.

Actually a model 1906

Looking at the rifle more closely I see the barrel is round rather than octagonal so it would be a model 1906 rather than an 1890, but the same design. The Model 62 is also basically the same but wasn't introduced until 1932

Winchester?

Looks like a .22 pump action Winchester. A most excellent rifle. Have one myself.

Cruel Summers

We'd call this the Mendocino National Forest now. Bartlett Springs was a "destination resort" of the times. During the 1920's, my grandmother's family farmed in Orland, down in the often-scorching Sacramento Valley. They would spend summers in a cabin on the Mendocino forest, leaving a hired man to tend the animals, etc.

1930s Hipsters

I think we're seeing 1930s version of our current-day hipsters here. Wearing the trendy things to wear and looking rather disaffected overall. If there's a third picture upcoming with them on a bicycle that would confirm my theory.

What's that rifle?

Is that a Winchester Model 62?

If so, I shot one of them once. Sweet little gun. I think they might have used these at carnivals, back in a simpler time.

Fashion Forward

Although the vibe of this family grouping is pure American Gothic, the clothes are pretty au courant. In addition to the covetable sunglasses (including the little girl's) the woman is wearing hiking knickers, a breakthrough style for women in the 1920's. A decade earlier she would have been expected to face the great outdoors in an ankle-length skirt. The man's open-collared shirt and flat-front trousers mark an early appearance of a look that remains the de facto uniform of every guy that doesn't have to put on a suit. The child's romper had been standard for both sexes since the 1910's, and, apparently, pink was still okay for boys.

The matching shades are a nice touch.

Too bad they can't be included in the office Christmas party.

1890 Winchester

Looks like the kid has a Winchester model 1890. It's a pump action .22 which is exactly the type of rifle they would have started a child off shooting with back in the good old days. Still a good rifle to start a kid off shooting with. Of course back then nobody would have been alarmed by this, nowadays unfortunately a large number of people are. But not to veer into political commentary.
Great photo. I'm hoping there are a few more in this series.

Wow - if Bonnie and Clyde had a child

The little girl looks as tough as Ma.

Bonnie & Clyde and daughter.

I had a vacation like that once. She got so mad and silent that I drove all the way home from Baja without stopping while she lay in the back of the van fuming. Fortunately her kid did not have a weapon.

But hey - at least we now know exactly where they are!

Same people

These are quite strange photos, odd little group, what happened to the tough looking guy in the road house picture. Same necklace and funny ocks on the gloomy woman.

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