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Five O'Clock Sailors: 1960

Five O'Clock Sailors: 1960

On the afternoon of March 29, 1960 I had occasion to ride the Jersey Central Railroad car ferry across the Hudson River into Manhattan. Soon after departing the Jersey City terminal I snapped this photo of the Ferry Wilkes-Barre with its patrons anxiously awaiting the boat to dock.

Not long after I took the photo, a similar shot appeared as the centerfold in the Saturday Evening Post magazine. The post captioned their photo as the "Five O'Clock Sailors," which I thought was totally appropriate. This ferry operation is, of course, long gone from the scene. The slow ASA 10 speed of the Kodachrome film of the day seems to have taken its toll on the camera's ability to stop moving objects. 35mm Kodachrome Retina IIIc folding camera. William D. Volkmer

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