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What it is:

Photo measuring 4.5 x 2.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


July 4 is Independence Day here in the U.S., a fact that the blogging part of my brain forgot until the last minute.  I realized it might be appropriate to post something thematic, but as my mind ran over my collection, I couldn’t remember anything that seemed obviously suitable.  Something, anything, dated July 4?  Not that I can recall.  Something showing a patriotic parade?  People dressed in Colonial Era costumes?  Watching fireworks?  Posing by the Liberty Bell?  Nope, none of those.   I could post a picture of soldiers, of course, to represent how the Revolutionary War was fought to gain our independence, but that would feel too jingoistic for the more peaceful mood I’m in.  So what has the Fourth of July experience been for me all these years?  What has been the common denominator even as my own views and life circumstances have evolved?  Picnics.  I can do a picture of a picnic.  🙂

10 comments on “Picnic”

  1. Happy 4th!

  2. What a wonderful picture! I love seeing the old camping (picnic) gear. Happy 4th!

    • Glad you like it! I’ve been trying to figure out what some of it is, but other stuff looks like it hasn’t changed in years. Happy 4th to you, too!

  3. The ketchup bottle is quite recognizable! (Assuming I’m correct, but it sure looks like one.)

    • I had the same thought! (Heinz started selling ketchup in glass bottles in 1876. I think those very first bottle didn’t look quite the same, but the general bottle shape we know today appears to be quite old, probably as old as this photo. At least that’s what I could figure out with a little preliminary searching.)

      • Totally ketchup.

        Love that. Nothing says national holiday like delicious processed tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar. Seriously.

      • I completely agree. Of course, you can make your own if you object to factory food, but I don’t see why, when Heinz does it so perfectly. 🙂

  4. OMG are you trying to gt me to pickle watermelon rinds *and* make my own ketchup? Geez, Matt, I thought we had an agreement. 😉
    When one goes the ketchup route, it is usually for use as a condiment on delightfully processed and salty foods. Why deny the nostalgia and tastiness of the classic? So classic it’s part of Picsofthen old-time-y photos…

    • Now, now, I never said you *should*, just that you *could*. I’m sorry if my observations sound like persuasion. Even if pickled watermelon rinds is a good suggestion. 😉

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