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Out on a Limb: 1954

Out on a Limb: 1954

East Guernewood, California, 1954. I'm 8 years old and hanging from the cherry tree in the front yard of our summer place at the Russian River. Looks like I've got a new pair of Keds or PF Flyers. 2-1/4 square Ektachrome transparency. View full size.


All my Keds had little blue brand tags on the back of the sole. But I didn't come along until 1971, so I don't know if that was a style change for them.

PF Flyers

Well, although I also wore Keds, I know for sure I had a pair of PF Flyers sometime in the third grade, which was right around this time, 1954-55. I remember because I made the mistake of pointing out the big round embossed rubber "PF" logo on the side to a classmate and telling him that those were my initials, too. "What's the F for?" he asked. In all innocence, I answered, "Francis." The next thing I knew the classroom was abuzz with kids giggling "Paul has a girl's name!"

Da shoes, Boss!

Those have got to be Keds. I've been wearing PF Flyers since 1969. PF's have a smaller ankle pad and feature red white & blue stripes up the back and around the front sole. They're sometimes hard to find but worth it as they're only $65 in Canada, and very well made. Even the box they come in looks like it hasn't changed much since 1938. The PF site is worth checking out...

After the Flood

Here's that picket fence about a year and a half later, after the flood of December 1955. Lost some neat toys in that flood, like several 1940s-vintage Disney jigsaw puzzles.

Modern quality

This picture has such a modern quality about it. Those shoes are back in style now. These days, kids spike their hair like that without being upside down.

Good old Guerneville.

Good old Guerneville. Was cute even back then. It floods there so often all those little picket fences are probably gone. (Well, no floods this year, probably. But usually.)


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