Friday, November 21, 2008
The Swinging Sixties
Actually is Grandpa in his Sixties in the Sixties! I like how the era of the inexpensive scanner has allow us to capture the past, graininess and scratches notwithstanding. I have written extensively about my grandpa, Ralph I. Villers of Steubenville, OH. Always bigger than life, he didn't mind being the center of attention...on film that is! I had always heard of the conventions he went to, always for Motorola I think. I don't know if he was a speaker, but he looks a natural at the podium. Early 1960's I think.
And Easter, 1968 he visited us in East Hartford. In the first of two shots, in our front yard, he looks splendid in his suit, but check out his hat. I think that men's hats were falling out of favor then, but he looks great in his. There seems to be a time when the style of a man might be in how his hat was blocked. And his is stylish, to me in 2008 anyway, not in seventh grade.
And the proverbial pair of aces that beats a full house. My dad and grandpa on Easter, Ralphs all! Looking fine in their Easter best (no doubt I wore a jacket and tie for Easter Sunday. I still like to). What I like is the views of the neighborhood those days. The houses were built in 1962-63, and the yards still a work in progress.
Check out the VW's my parents drove. The red one is a '68 VW Microbus, the green a '64 Bug. My dad was a bit of an iconoclast - the VW Microbus is really the original minivan much earlier than the genre began in 1984. Interesting memories I have, these photos are instigating more and more memories...