Sunday, April 05, 2015


I don't think I've done an official Easter-themed post in my almost-nine years of blogging. Today's the day! I've gone through my boxes of random slides and scanned some fun vintage images.

I love this first one, featuring a lady in her pink dress, with a pink poodle (!), circa 1956. We are overlooking beautiful Laguna Beach. The slide was labeled "Easter Parade, 1956", but I suppose that other than the pink dog, there isn't much "Easter-y" about it. Does her hat count as an Easter bonnet?

Next up is a cute school photos (just the girls) from somewhere in Southern California, 1959. I love the construction paper bunny ears! Everyone has a tiny Easter basket, and one tot in the lower right has an egg in her hand.

The expression on the girl to the left is priceless.

More cuteness on the same day. Maybe someday, somebody will see this photo and recognize their grandmother!

And I have saved what might be the best for last - this backyard Easter portrait, undated. The boy in the bunny costume reminds me of Ralphie from "A Christmas Story". I found this in a folder of old scans, I think I scanned it before I ever started GDB (which is one reason why it looks bad). At some point I purged my slide collection, and stupidly sold this one, but hey, it was mine at the time!

No matter what your religion (I worship cephalopods), I hope that you have a nice Easter.


Nanook said...


Nothing says Easter better than a big blue hat along with a (pink) Poodle-! Unless, of course, it's bunny ears made from colored construction paper - or a full pale pink bunny suit. Hmmmm.... so many choices.

Happy Easter/Passover and all that stuff.

Thanks, Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

These are real winners, Major! I think that hat can still count as an Easter bonnet even though there aren't any "frills upon it." Actually, if you photoshopped that lady out of the pic and just left her hat, it would look as though a flying saucer was getting ready to "beam up" that pink poodle.

Happy Easter to you, Major! I hope the Easter Bunny leaves you lots of goodies when he comes down your chimney tonight!

Chris Jepsen said...

The park is Heisler Park and you can see part of Downtown Laguna Beach in the background. It's a wonderful place to be on a sunny spring day!

Happy Easter, Major!

Chuck said...

Easter 1956 was on April 1st, so a pink poodle would have been appropriate from a couple of different angles.

It's fitting that there is a patch of the state flower in that first photo, seeing that tomorrow is California Poppy Day.

Happy Easter to one and all!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, it’s the pink poodle that really sells it! Anything made of construction paper brings back fond memories of grade school.

TokyoMagic!, I’m glad you liked these! Happy Easter to you too.

Chris Jepsen, thanks! I was going to try to look up where that lady was standing, but then I got lazy. As usual.

Chuck, tell me you had to look up when Easter was in 1956, and that you didn’t just happen to know it was on April 1st!

Nanook said...


Nothing says grade school like construction paper and (powdered) tempera paint-! Just toss-in a big box of cotton balls, and let the kids go crazy-!

Chuck said...

Major - you mean, that didn't just automatically come to mind for you? ;-)

Sorry I didn't notice your religious preference earlier. In deference to your traditions, I'd like to wish you "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" (and yes, I did have to look that up - it's a difficult dialect for me).

Melissa said...

What beautiful memories these bring back! Putting on brand-new fancy homemade dresses and pretty hats and getting your picture taken in the yard on the way to church.

Melissa said...

I *just* noticed the girl in the red jumper making "bunny paws" at the camera. Too adorable!!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, oh yeah, powdered tempera! I also have fond memories of finger paints and that slippery paper.

Chuck, you get a gold star for getting the reference!!

Melissa, I know what you mean. The arts and crafts that I associate with holidays (Halloween, Christmas, etc) are some of my fondest memories. And many of them do involve construction paper, although felt and Elmer's glue was popular too.

Melissa again, I think it's interesting that she's the only one doing "bunny paws". She was quite the improviser!