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1961 Mercury Comet

This is a proper portrait of a very lovely young suburban Miss. She has a buoyant bubble hair-do, smart sailor dress and sensible '61 Mercury Comet, all perfectly posed in front of a classic Southern California ranch-style tract home. The Comet, one of the first American compact cars, is most noteworthy for its spellbinding cat-eye taillights. This particular car, finished most handsomely in black with a red interior, is sporty and formal at the same time.

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Olvera Street 1960

A shoeshine boy totes his gear and enjoys a churro while he poses in passing for a picture taken by a tourist.

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It’s spring, 1963 – a time of major transition on Bunker Hill - a once fashionable Victorian-era neighborhood in Los Angeles.

With the erector-set like skeleton of what was to become the most spectacular mid-century building in the city, the Department of Water and Power, as a dramatic backdrop, a woman immortalizes an old Victorian house across the street before the bulldozer arrives. In the meantime her husband tunes up their 1959 Triumph TR3. What a happy couple! They are members of the Long Beach Camera Club on an outing taking pictures on Bunker Hill.

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Queen Scherazade

Dress like an Arab and get in FREE (really!). There is only one place I know of where you can do that - the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in Indio, California. And thank goodness it’s that time of year again. The festivities continue February 13, 22, 2004.

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