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Winner of the Christmas Home Decorating Contest, 1956

Judging by these prize-winning Christmas decorations, things were simpler back in 1956.  These days, houses are lit from top to toe; such a modest display would not even merit a passing glance. But in the mid fifties they were enough … Continue reading

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Girl Group, 1955

This photograph calls out for a story, and here is mine. The most dressed up woman in the photo, the one wearing a white hat and big beads, is a small town girl who went to New York to work … Continue reading

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Women Voting, 1944

This imaginative photograph comes from the 1944 presidential election. Voting took place as American troops were still fighting in Europe and Asia. Sitting President Franklin D. Roosevelt won 81% of the popular vote.  Such a landslide is unthinkable in today’s … Continue reading

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Ann Frity and Daughters, 1926

You can really see the family resemblance in this photo of Ann Firty and her three daughters—Bell, Gertrude and Wynn.  All the relevant family information is penciled on the back of this snapshot, as well as the location of Quincy, … Continue reading

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Auto Camping in Dennisport, 1936

This photo by the Farm Security Administration photographer Carl Mydans is part of a series about an auto camp on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Car camping began as a popular vacation option in the 1910s, according to this fascinating article in … Continue reading

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Opening Night at Fashion Island, 1967

Fashion Island is a fancy outdoor mall in my neck of the woods. My husband, who has become interested in local history, found this photo on the Irvine Company website. Note the Mickey Mouse shaped balloons. It’s not too far … Continue reading

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What to Wear on Elephants, 1979

How fitting that this photo of three women adventurers was sent to me by Lizzie Bramlett of the blog The Vintage Traveler.  Lizzie has sent me many snapshots, but this is by far the most exotic. A handwritten message on … Continue reading

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Fancy Dress Up Oxfords

My husband is a very casual dresser. Except when going to the theater, he doesn’t dress up much. In fact, his idea of special occasion clothes are black jeans, a newish t-shirt, and something he calls “fancy dress up sneakers.” … Continue reading

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Three Women at Mount Rushmore, 1953

This photo comes from my father’s side of the family.  In the middle is my paternal grandmother, Helen; on the left is her sister, my great aunt Norah; the woman on the right is a mystery.  Helen and Norah lived … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day with Marjorie Merriweather Post Davies, 1945

I’m publishing this post on March 8, International Women’s Day. Although the holiday’s origin was in the United States, it has never received much recognition here outside of the feminist movement. In the Soviet Union, however, it was a very … Continue reading

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