Cards At The Esquivel Home

1953 Comet
1953 Comet

I purchased a yearbook this weekend at an estate sale and discovered that the owner had written words all over the images.

For example, this junior student was not only ugly, but “Granny Ugly.” Several girls held that distinguished title.


This boy with glasses was labeled blind, as were about a half dozen other boys.


Blind to what, I wonder? Her charms?

It may not be an insult today, but this gal was “Skinny Bones.”


But lest you think she had no kind words to ink her page, she did find Judy the pretty one here.


Or maybe it was Judy’s yearbook?


Trust In Me

In keeping with yesterday’s eyeglasses post, we continue with the theme.

1964 Westerner
1964 Westerner

Is it me, or does Mr. Gibson have Jungle Book snake eyes?

He’s like one of those cats with two colors of eyes.


And check out Mr. Curry down below. While Richard’s pipe and Donald’s head of nails are interesting features, Paul has the intoxicating eyes. You can’t turn away.


Maybe it was something in the water. Even some of the professors at Western New Mexico University had crazy eyes.


Professor Morton looks like he just hid the body and is biting his tongue to keep quiet.

I almost cropped Professor Habeeb out of this image but I did not want to deny you his amazing salt ‘n’ pepper hair, valiantly defying gravity as it swirls about his skull like a kudzu vine.

Well, I Can’t Make That My Title

The Republican Party--Smith
The Republican Party–Smith

Dick Nixon did much of the 1956 campaigning for the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket. Here he and wife Pat ride through a snowy Evanston, Illinois.

Eisenhower defeated Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson II (there are actually four) in both the 1952 and 1956 elections, due to attitudes like this.


And snappy hats such as this.


Dude, Where’s My Car?

The Republican Party by Adam Smith
The Republican Party by Adam Smith

The beach at Nantasket, Massachusetts was brimming with Ford motorcars on The 4th of July 1925. After a dip in the ocean, how would you find your way back to your car? With such lack of variety in models, how would a 50-year-old man buy a “crisis car”? Could you steal another’s spare tire and afix it to your own vehicle? When did they start marking parking spaces with white paint? Didn’t the black absorb the summer sun?

Fifteen more years would pass before the 1940 Packard offered factory-installed air-conditioning. But even by 1969, only half of all new cars had it. We never had it in our cars in the ’70s. That metal lapbelt clasp would scald the bejeesus out of my skin. Remember how it felt when the vinyl seat ripped the top layer of your thigh skin off?


P.S., where can I get a brassiere like this? This defies gravity.

I Kissed Seven Girls And I Liked It

Life: Our Finest Hour
Life: Our Finest Hour

Here’s some morale for the troops! LIFE asked Ginger Rogers (not shown here) to give a dream party to a GI, and the lucky recipient was the lipstick-covered Private John Farnsworth. The 22-year-old Farnsworth had served three years in the Pacific during WWII and returned home in 1944 to recover from malaria. After lunch, dancing, and games, the women sent him on his way–with a story to tell his buddies.

Women shown above include: Barbara Hale, Lynne Baggett, Gloria DeHaven, Lynn Bari, Jinx Falkenburg, Dolores Moran, and Chili Williams.

Talk about your day in the sun!


Take One Down, Pass It Around

1949 Sadie Hawkins Dance, Univ of Texas
1949 Sadie Hawkins Dance, Univ of Texas

These young men may have been in the Lone Star State, but they were swilling brown bottles of the beer that made Milwaukee famous.

Schlitz may not be your first choice for ale, but they had some great ads back in the day.


The women above look surprised, but this gal looks downright mischievous.

And this one is great as an indicator of the era.
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