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Oh, man... Americana 50s style. Somehow I see parallels in our family's life with those you have revealed through your Kodachrome images... despite the "awful" but much appreciated black and white images I have collected of our own family's journey in life.

Times in the 50s were hard for most people but the euphoria of post-War life was evident in everything and foretold the changes that were to come. We were a Chevrolet family, but came to appreciate Fords like the Fairlane, too, Lol.., the first of many changes we came to embrace. It was a profound time.

The character of your images is beautiful and represents the nearest capture of a time that passed all too quickly. The quality of the slides themselves is astounding. The quality of the images, like so many here, are really admirable and puts to shame so many of my own over the years. I really wish I had used slide film, especially Kodachrome, more but it was near impossible to afford it in our family. Most were employed or retiring from work in the many textile mills in middle Georgia.

I was the first to even use Kodachrome but it was not until the mid-70s. How I wish I had the kind of images posted on this thread of my own family to view as Kodachrome slides/scans.

Thank you again for sharing these moments from your life. It is important and it is helpful to all of us. May we take away a better understanding of the times, the wonder of Kodachrome and how we can best approach making photographs for our grandchildren and their children to see and from which to learn many years from now just as we are doing with this thread.
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That is very well said Dave. Kodachrome has turned out to be a two-dimensional time capsule.
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There are some great examples of Kodachrome in this thread but the ones of American family life are simply terrific and deserve to be in a book.
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Here is a simple scene from the mid fifties: we can guess what day it is. This is from the W. K. Amonette collection probably a self timer.

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Oh, man... Americana 50s style. Somehow I see parallels in our family's life with those you have revealed through your Kodachrome images... despite the "awful" but much appreciated black and white images I have collected of our own family's journey in life.

Times in the 50s were hard for most people but the euphoria of post-War life was evident in everything and foretold the changes that were to come. We were a Chevrolet family, but came to appreciate Fords like the Fairlane, too, Lol.., the first of many changes we came to embrace. It was a profound time.

The character of your images is beautiful and represents the nearest capture of a time that passed all too quickly. The quality of the slides themselves is astounding. The quality of the images, like so many here, are really admirable and puts to shame so many of my own over the years. I really wish I had used slide film, especially Kodachrome, more but it was near impossible to afford it in our family. Most were employed or retiring from work in the many textile mills in middle Georgia.

I was the first to even use Kodachrome but it was not until the mid-70s. How I wish I had the kind of images posted on this thread of my own family to view as Kodachrome slides/scans.

Thank you again for sharing these moments from your life. It is important and it is helpful to all of us. May we take away a better understanding of the times, the wonder of Kodachrome and how we can best approach making photographs for our grandchildren and their children to see and from which to learn many years from now just as we are doing with this thread.

Thanks, Dave.

I've been thinking of a response past "Thanks, Dave." but most of them are way too long. Much longer than the too long thing I feel I am about to post. The Taos shot was made with original Kodachrome ASA 10 and a Kodak Retina camera. It's not sharp, but would mean no more to me if it were..possibly less. We would have been, then, as a family, below the "poverty line" if there had been one at the time. Luckily the federal government had not yet chosen to forever stigmatize people with the label, so we didn't know. The multicolored dress my mother has on, she made herself. Life could not have been any better.

My father had survived the Normandy invasion, so, yes, there was something of a post-war euphoria about, money or no money. His father had come to the country from Italy with nothing and had worked his way, with help from no one, to building and owning the town's only hardware store, which bore his name on the front. All of which was lost during the Depression, then dad went to war, taking with him a camera. After the war, photography was his only real hobby, for the rest of his life. Most of the early things were black and white, but there was Kodachrome here and there. Just snapshots, nothing special.

There is definitely something to be said for threads such as this providing a "better understanding of the times". Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank are all good, great, photographers, which is a quality no one could ever attribute to my father or myself. The problem, and it has become a significant problem as it relates to people's understanding of postwar America, is that Lange, Evans, and Frank, etc all photographed America with an agenda, unlike the photos you see in this thread and in attic shoeboxes all across the country. What you see in their photographs isn't really America as a whole, it is a photographic representation for the most part of what was rattling around in e.g. Dorothea Lange's head, the things she found compelling at the time. They are great photographs but they are not representative of the country. Never were. The problem is that they have become so for many people who came later.

It is the photographs in the shoeboxes which give an accurate picture of America in the Fifties and earlier, not anything Robert Frank, bless his heart, ever did. As great as photographers like these, and many more, were, the things they documented were outliers. Unfortunately, the myth they created has come to be the only reality that people born after 1955 or so will always labor under. To use Marx's term, these famous photographers, unintentionally, created a "false consciousness" which, abetted by a steady stream of revisionist histories, young Hollywood scriptwriters, and other 'change agents', has now become, to people who didn't live it, the conventional wisdom. It's unfortunate, but trying to explain this to people who were not actually present is like trying to explain the Rose Bowl parade to a frog that has lived down a hundred foot well its entire life. "Leave it to Beaver" was actually closer to reality than anything revisionists have ever produced. Even Ken Burns is reliably "off" as well, no matter how carefully crafted. Yes, there were illusions we had, as everyone has, but they have been replaced by myths which paint it as a much less humane and appealing time than it actually was.

I apologize in advance for the aside, but I hear and see so much nonsense about America in the Fifties.

Yes, in a way, Dave, as you say, "times were hard". I grew up in a cinder block house, eating Spam. It was fantastic. It was the best of times. Apologies to Dickens, but 'the worst of times', those came later.

Please keep the photos coming, no matter when they were taken. The progression of the Kodachrome 'look' over time is also something which is being pretty well laid out here.
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November or early 1966. Just another day in the neighborhood, typical weather for Southern California and the nearly year-round need for yardwork. My mom and one of our older neighbors, who lived across the street. Not sure of the camera, possibly an Exakta.
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Probably 1957. Note the "Mickey Mouse Club" certificates on the wall.



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Jim B--mackinaw--that (#257) is absolutely priceless!
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Some how the photos look better than some of what I see today..
Maybe its the old lenses..or the 50's/60's mentality..
Maybe people knew their cameras a little better back then..
..or maybe..Kodachrome color..
I like em..!
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Some how the photos look better than some of what I see today..
Maybe its the old lenses..or the 50's/60's mentality..
Maybe people knew their cameras a little better back then..
..or maybe..Kodachrome color..
I like em..!
Emile, I noticed the same thing.

Like Larry said, one can learn an awful lot by truly observing all of these wonderful images.
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I should add that all of these 1950’s Kodachromes were taken by my dad and his Argus C3 camera. He took literally hundreds of Kodachromes of us as kids, and even more on B&W film. He was quite the photographer in his own right, and his 1930’s B&W stuff, when he was a teenager, are my personal favorites. My interest in photography is because of him.

I don’t want to monopolize this thread with his/my pics, but I have so many of them. I’m trying to pick out the better ones (to me), or the ones that have historical significance (if historical is the right word). The 1950’s Kodachromes do tell a story of an era long gone.



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I should add that all of these 1950’s Kodachromes were taken by my dad and his Argus C3 camera. He took literally hundreds of Kodachromes of us as kids, and even more on B&W film. He was quite the photographer in his own right, and his 1930’s B&W stuff, when he was a teenager, are my personal favorites. My interest in photography is because of him.

I don’t want to monopolize this thread with his/my pics, but I have so many of them. I’m trying to pick out the better ones (to me), or the ones that have historical significance (if historical is the right word). The 1950’s Kodachromes do tell a story of an era long gone.

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I hope I speak for everyone, but for me these are all great: 'era long gone.'
Don't apologize for sharing, now is the perfect time for everyone to empty their shoeboxes and enlighten us all! Larry is correct, the real 50s America and indeed our personal histories are in everyone's collections of photos and Kodachrome shows it best..

This thread has become extraordinary.

I love them, too, keep posting!
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Yes, this thread is awesome. Having been born in '51, I keep expecting to see myself.
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Yes, this thread is awesome. Having been born in '51, I keep expecting to see myself.
Laughing out loud... I think I may have already seen myself somewhere in those early photos! Comfort photos, and gorgeous at the same time.
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1954 or 1955. All of these are taken in the Detroit area. My dad was an engineer who worked for Ford.



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Anybody who lived in the Detroit area is familiar with the Bob-Lo boat. Bob-Lo (actually Bois Blanc) is an island in the Detroit River maybe 15 miles from downtown Detroit. Bob-Lo, now closed, was an amusement park that operated for about 100 years. Generations of Detroiter’s went there for a day of fun. You took this boat (there was one other) to get to the island. This Kodachrome is from 1953.



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On an unknown type of deck gun aboard the USS Texas battleship circa 1962. I would have been about six at the time. A family vacation led us there. Sweatshirts in Texas? Near Houston.
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I'm not an expert, but I think it's a 3 inch 50 caliber mark 17 dual-purpose gun. It was also used on submarines, destroyer escorts, and lots of Liberty ships, troop transports, etc. This one is on a taller mount to make it easier to load when firing upward at aircraft.



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Cool

Amazingly, I see none of the typical scenes associated with the images one sees that have been Kodak moments by famous photographers. Larry is right.

I have no idea how this would/should work... or if it is even something that can be done here... but here goes...Anyone up for a Kodachrome book with RFF contributors only? I would love to have one on my shelf!

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Beautiful! Pink 55! I love those pastel colors from the 50s. Lately I have been dreaming of a 59-62 red Corvette, red interior, white coves on the sides, wide whitewall tires and ... they don't make 'em like they used to.
Know, they don't make them like they used to.

Our 55 Ford was actually a two-tone (remember those?). The roof and the area above the side chrome accent was white, the rest of the car was pink. My mom named the car "pinky." To this day, when I mention "pinky" to my sister, she knows what I mean.

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I'm not an expert, but I think it's a 3 inch 50 caliber mark 17 dual-purpose gun. It was also used on submarines, destroyer escorts, and lots of Liberty ships, troop transports, etc. This one is on a taller mount to make it easier to load when firing upward at aircraft.



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Well I was waiting to see myself, and now I have. In 1972 I had a '59 TR3, a mustache, square steel glasses, and wore Navy dungaree shirts, 'cause I was in the Navy. My hair was a bit shorter than this, but not much.
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Well I was waiting to see myself, and now I have. In 1972 I had a '59 TR3, a mustache, square steel glasses, and wore Navy dungaree shirts, 'cause I was in the Navy. My hair was a bit shorter than this, but not much.
There you go, had to happen. I would take that TR3 off your hands, no matter how ratty, if you still have it.
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