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Put Up or Shut Up: 1956

Put Up or Shut Up: 1956

That's what I like to imagine my future-brother-in-law was telling me as the showdown is about to come in our poker hand here in the living room of our home in Larkspur, California. The "shut up" part was, of course, something I was familiar with hearing often enough from others in non-wagering situations. At my side I had a glass with a finger of root beer, playing the part of whiskey, to emulate (pay homage to?) the saloon scenes in the old cowboy movies I'd watch on TV Saturday mornings. He became my brother-in-law in actuality two years later, and passed away just two months ago. Rest in peace, old friend. My sister took this 2¼" square Kodacolor negative. View full size.

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Oh those ginger jars

we too owned such a green ginger jar in sisal rope in those days. But my mother's favorite was a nice Blue & White Cherry Blossom Ginger Jar, like the one below, which cracked down from the coffee table when my brother, father and I played around and fell down from the couch! My mother was not amused.


I am so sorry for your family's loss tterrace. Just another reason why family photos are such treasures.

Holding it together

I love it that you still have the tape dispenser and letter thingy. Continuity is hard to come by these days.

Historical preservation

I have that desk (I'm sitting at it now) along with the tape dispenser and the thing the letters are stuffed in, and the chair I'm sitting on. Letter thing has sketch of Mt. Tamalpais as seen from San Rafael.

So where are they?

Tterrace, I, too, love your photos and they are always worthy of close examination.

Oddly enough, I have looked at so many of your photos but have yet to see one that showed your stack of Mad magazines.

Perhaps you can do something about that omission sometime soon.

[The first one I saw was around 1955 at our summer place in Guerneville; my sister or one her friends had brought it along. I didn't start collecting those first comic book versions until after I was all grown up. -tterrace]

What are those white rectangular things by the lamp?

Pretty sure they are those relics from another time called letters.


So sorry for your family's loss, tterrace. It looks like your brother-in-law was a good sport. And as always, your photos capture a slice of life that is both unique and universal.

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