Saturday, June 29, 2013
One of the things I love about looking at vintage slides is the small individual slices (like Velveeta) of people's lives, as they lived them 30, 40, 50 years ago or more.Today we'll look at a selection of average folks.
Travel by plane in the late 1950's was still a bit exciting and glamorous, unlike today. Here's a mom and her son (remember them?) sitting in their comfy seats. Mom has dressed for the occasion, and I don't mean sweats and flip-flops. The kiddo has his cool toy airplane with him, I want to take it from him. Hey, where do I plug in my iPad?
From the same photographer comes this picture of a hard-working man named Larry (thanks to the hand-written info on the slide), behind the counter at a humble eatery, circa 1959. It could be at a diner in Victorville, California, since there was an exterior photo of a place called "Grethel's". Larry is wielding a mustard dispenser for somebody's cheeseburger. Why do I like this picture? I don't know, but I do.
This final picture is from the 1950's and shows a family dining in a semi-finished basement for some reason. Was it cooler down there on a hot day? Were they banished from the main dining room because they belched the alphabet? This reminds me of visiting my grandparents in Minnesota; my brother and I slept on lumpy folding cots in their basement. There was a wood shop for my grandpa, laundry facilities (including and old-fashioned wringer for the wet clothes), and lots of old stuff that was fun to look at.
I couldn't help noticing the artwork on the heating oil tank in the background. Even at this small size I suspected that it was by an illustrator named Henry (Hy) Hintermeister. He was like Norman Rockwell, only less threatening!
After a search on Google, I found the original painting on an auction site. It was signed "S. Eleanor", which is believed to be a pseudonym that Hintermeister used. The small artwork sold for a mere $600 back in 2005.