Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s still cold and wintery. It’s the little things – like this warm sunny picture – that keep us going around here 🙂
Posts tagged ‘family’
The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad tries on her Dad’s cap at home on Staten Island in the Fall of 1966. Jack was an Navy officer in the Public Health Service at the time, stationed in New York City. This photo was kept in his Mother’s photo album until she died, at which point her pictures were dispersed throughout at the family.
My wife had not see this photo for decades until it arrived in an envelope.
Check out “Party Like It’s 1966” for more Staten Island family photos 🙂
I can’t even begin to describe how much I wanted one of these back in the day.
In the late 1970s and early 80s I delivered newspapers using my trusty Rampar BMX bike. One day a friend let me borrow a hot-wired Honda CT70 that was sitting at his house; I used it on the paper route – without helmet, license, or even valid registration – and was hopelessly hooked. It was compact, quick, light, and did a great job of hauling the paper cart. The bike also got close to 100 mpg under my 140 pound frame. Eventually the owner reclaimed his property, and I was back on my BMX. I wanted a CT70 badly, but could never put the $700 together for a new one.
Eventually I became a motorcycle rider, probably in part to my experience with this mini bike.
This picture – courtesy of Signs And Wonders – was found as you see it, complete with cryptic “WHAT LIZ KNOWZ” message. All the great elements are there: kid in plaid, Mom in helmet, and CT70 on lawn. Love love love!
This photo was a surprise to me and my sisters.
While it wasn’t a surprise that our Grandpa Harlow rode a Harley-Davidson in high school, we were all amazed to see our Mom pull something out of the archives showing her on the back of a big twin! Location: 9th and Gamble in Anchorage AK – still a US Territory when the picture was snapped around 1951. “The edge of the city” at the time, my Mom said. Behind her and friend Don is my grandpa’s Chevy Fleetline sedan. The Chugach Mountain Range to the east is looming over everyone in the background.
Looking at Google Maps, we see that the same view in the current day is very different!
The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad is seen here in the backyard of her Aunt and Uncle’s home in Edmonds WA, with Granddad firing up the grill for some meat. Looking closely at this Kodachrome slide, probably taken by her Grandmother, one notices the trike isn’t just red. It’s Metallic Dark Red with a good amount of Sixties metalflake in the paint.
Mrs. BelRedRoad can also be seen in the following:
Recently a bag of slides appeared in the mail from my wife’s aunt. The note said, “Thought you might like these slides from Grandmother’s collection. I’ve had these for several years!” The bag was truly a treasure trove of memories, depicting my wife’s parent in their twenties around the time that she was born.
Best of all, many of them were Kodachrome and still had the rich colors the media type was known for.
This slide was taken somewhere in Oregon or Washington, while the wife’s family was on a camping trip. She would have been just a month old at that point. The car – possibly a 1962 Pontiac – was owned by her grandparents. The Security Traveler “canned ham” trailer: pure Sixties righteousness. My father-in-law, ever thin as he is today, takes a drag off his Marlboro and looks pensively into his Dad’s camera. I love the design in his shirt, and the pencil-thin pants. The clothes and the stance depict the essence of cool. While he no longer smokes, to this day he stands in the same way.
And so does my brother-in-law!
Phillip Pessar found a wedding album from the mid-1960s in a thrift store. This is one of the photos from the twenty in the collection. The trim around the lapels of his tux are classic. I love the cloth seats of that interior; the material is not only shiny but – I know this from experience – it’s also a bit slippery. From the shape of the window to the right of the couple, I think the car may be a full-size 1965-66 Lincoln.
Check out the white arm rests – they match the bride!