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There are only two things I know for sure about this picture. According to the calendar on the wall, it was taken in December of 1957. And I found it in the collection of Kodachrome slides that I scanned after my Aunt died a few years ago.
I have one educated guess – it was taken during a hunting trip in northern (?) Wisconsin, presumably by my uncle who died more than 25 years ago.
I have one piece of negative information. I showed it to my cousins the other day and they don’t recognize anyone in it. Also, I didn’t find any obviously related images in the collection. It’s literally a one-off snapshot of a moment in time.
But I think it’s a fascinating photograph. The color pops out at you. It’s almost 64 years old, but the detail is so clear it’s almost like standing in the corner of the bar. There are shots and beers, a couple of dollar bills, and silver coins scattered on the bar. A hamburger costs 25 cents, but there’s no food around. Everybody is smiling, some more broadly than others – maybe a couple of locals joining the city folk after the hunt?
There are stories to be told here.
Do you have any pictures like this in your own collections?Published in