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One More From Modesto …

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Here is one more for my friends out in Modesto … I cannot tell you how many  hits I get on this site from people out in Modesto, but it is quite a few. My father never mentioned about traveling through Modesto on his trips out to LA to visit his sister back in the 1950’s. If I was on these trips, I would have only been between the ages of 2 and 5. I know that he took several trips to Yosemite and I guess that Modesto must be somewhere between there and Los Angeles. I do not know if this sign still exists out in Modesto now, it looks as if it would be too low for trucks to pass under. I have found several new negatives from this area that I will post in the near future … and I thought that I had run out of Modesto negatives! Thanks for everyone’s comments and as always, thanks for looking …

UPDATE:  I did some work on this photo and sharpened another image up a good bit.  The lettering on the sign reads: ” Water    Wealth   Contentment    Health ”  .  I also noticed that the car’s tag in front of my parent’s car reads” 9D 16890″.  Years ago, the Florida state license tag identified what county that the car was registered in.  The “9” meant that the car was registered in Escambia County, which happened to be the 9th most populated county in the state at that time.  A tag that started with “1” meant that the car was from Miami or Dade County.  I think that Santa Rosa was somewhere around “33”, but I believe that only the first ten counties were identified by population and from “11” on they were alphabetic.   At first I thought that my father had made this photo because of the sign, but it could have been something simple like just seeing this car registered in Escambia County out in Modesto California.  I am sorry that the Internet does not show how sharp these images actually are … someday I will have to try to put on a show so everyone can see the finished prints.  Thanks again … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

April 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

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More Modesto …

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Here is another photograph in downtown Modesto California … this one is looking from the opposite direction as the photo in the previous post.  I cannot get over all of the hits that I have had to this site from the previous photo that I posted of downtown Modesto in the 1950’s.  I even had a nice comment from a girl explaining what was in the previous photograph.  I have run across several images from this trip that my dad made in California from this trip that I will work up and post later.  As usual, thanks for looking and all comments are welcome …

Written by Frank Hardy

February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am

Modesto, CA in the 1950’s …

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This image is one of downtown Modesto, CA in the 1950’s that my father made on one of his trips out west to visit his sister.  I know nothing about Modesto and have never been there myself, so I do not have any information about this photograph.  Modesto looked to be a fairly thriving town during this era … WW II having been over for ten years or so and all the soldiers returning home looking to start families and buying homes.  This being California, I am sure that there must have been defense contractors in this area that added to the local economy … maybe even a military base or two, they seem to be all over California.  Anyone that has anything to offer about Modesto, please feel free to post … this image is one that I had posted on the old site also.  Thanks for looking …

Written by Frank Hardy

July 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

Posted in California

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