Thursday, October 20, 2011

Spring 1959

Here are a few more images from my most recent set.

This first one fascinates me in a number of ways. First off, it's just a really cool photo, a classic portrait of the era -- the suits, the ties, the hats, the watch, the store... they're all so hip! The setting amazes me, because the father I know not only would never shop, he also would never wait while someone else shops. I can safely wager that this is the last time he was ever at a Neiman-Marcus store! And though this photo was taken in Dallas in April, 1959 and I know there is no way my father's parents were anywhere in the vicinity (they were most certainly back up in western NY), I still think that guy over on the right could easily be my grandfather. It's spooky! (Oh, and props to my adorable sister for sleeping through the hustle and bustle of the big city!)

This next one was snapped in June, 1959, at the Newark, N.Y. Rose Festival. I was noticing how young my mother looked and then it hit me (and I did the math, just to check): at this point in time, she was almost exactly just one year older than Emmie is right now. Yikes.

Gorgeous photo of both girls. Such an intense look from my mother, but my sister seems a little wistful (something perhaps had caught her attention?).

These last two are a cheat because I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I finally opted to share them both. Great pics of the cute baby and the slick car! (And there's a cool wagon whizzing by in the background of the first.)

For the record, the car was my parents' brand new '59 Ford. I think it's in front of my grandparents' house, in either late June or very early July... (gotta love my sister's updo!)  ;-)


Keera Ann Fox said...

Oh, the baby on the car hood! That is priceless!!! I think I like the upper one best. Something about your sister's expression and wind-swept hair makes it look as if the car - with baby hood-ornament - just came to a stop. Like that's how she gets around, anyway. "Stroller? We don't need no stinkin' stroller!"

(I like the composition of the one with your father. Who was the photographer?)

alice said...


To me, the first one is more about the baby and the second is more about the car, but I suppose that's just the angles talking.

I'm pretty sure the photographer in the top picture was my mother. She was good with an SLR (as was my father). Eventually, though, she switched to the much easier-to-use consumer cameras that would be introduced in the 60s (and my father opted out of the photography almost entirely) -- which was a shame in some ways, since I think she had a good eye and command of the camera. But at least she kept up with the photography in some way, because so many people have gotten (and continue to get) a big kick out of all the photos.