Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Customary

For this installment of Sepia Scenes, I return to the Borough of Queens in the early 1960s. From Bayside to Jamaica, and more specifically to the large airfield known as Idlewild (today's JFK). My father, a travel writer for the UPI news service, has arrived back in the USA after a trip overseas. This was one of the jobs that offered the dichotomy of many endeavours: lousy pay, however with one huge benefit - free travel to write about your experiences. It was the old International Arrivals Building, and my mother would take the kids in the 1958 Ford Ranch Wagon to pick him up. There was a window upstairs above the arrivals awaiting Customs. My father (in the beret) seems as resigned as the rest to wait his turn for their Customs declarations. Notice how everybody dressed up to fly then! See Marys fun meme!

12 comments:

barb said...

Back then, flying was a much bigger deal. Love your Dad's beret! Why don't men wear hats anymore?

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ah, the child of a travel writer. I bet you get itchy feet (or wheels) sometimes and yearn to take off to new places. ;-)

maryt/theteach said...

Great post, Ralph! You probably wouldn't recognize JFK today...but you still would have to wait at Customs, ha!

Vita Stunder said...

Great post Ralph!
And lovley shot :)

Have a great weekend!
Anna

Carletta said...

How wonderful to have this kind of photo of your father!
It's funny you bring up that they dressed up to fly. Years ago (the 70's) my husband traveled extensively and it was many years before he stopped wearing dress pants and shirts when he flew. By the time he retired he was wearing jeans. :)
I remarked about the dress of the folks in Mary's images today - a different time.

ewok1993 said...

Very nice post.

napaboaniya said...

But seems like it was a good job, minus the pay. Having the chance to travel all round and writing :)

These days, we see people on flight in shorts and flip flops!! *lol*

Bond said...

I still dress to travel, never flying without at least a sports coat on...

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

What a great photo. Thanks for sharing.

onangelwings said...

That is a great photo, especially that you have the story behind it.
http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2009/06/enough-of-rain-already-thursday-memes.html

Robin said...

Your father does indeed look very chic in his beret. What fun to actually get paid to travel - that would be my dream job!

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sunnymama said...

What a great photo! I love how they're dressed up to travel, especially your father's beret! The picture captures the essence of 'waiting' :)