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Old Apr 3, 2004, 12:13 PM   #1
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Old Apr 3, 2004, 4:54 PM   #2
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These are two cool cats. Look how jauntily they stand! And that baby buggy - my mom has one of those, still! Are those driving goggles or regular glasses on your grandfather/great uncle?
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Based on the facial characteristics, I believe the two chaps are related to you - circa 1920's.
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The year is 1926. Two 19-year-old boys have an itch to travel, and they’re on the road from New York City to California. They pooled their money, bought an old crank of a car, and now they’re as far away as maybe Illinois, stopped in a small town for food and gasoline. A stranger agrees to take their picture, capturing their cockiness, their car, and a baby in a carriage watched over by a brother and sister while their mother is in the general store.

Not long after this photo is taken, the car sickens and dies, but the boys are young and optimistic. They hop freights and dine with hoboes and gypsies, gathering tales all the way to California, tales to tell during all the years ahead.

The one on the left stays in California. The other, my father, soon misses his rowdy family so much that he works only long enough to pay for a train ticket home. He’d crossed the land in search of adventure and had found his heart instead.
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A great story of youth, adventure, and how life can turn on seemingly minor decisions. All that sleeping in a photograph.
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Neat story about youth and your Dad. Wow, they predated the TV show Route 66.

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The neatest stories of all were the ones my father used to tell of the hoboes and the gypsies, but I couldn't possibly retell them, not the way my father did. He kept a diary during that entire trip, and I remember seeing it in particular drawer. My mother remembered this, too, and after my father died, she and I went on a manic hunt for that diary. It was gone.
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I hope you keep seaching for the diary - such a loss.

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There's no place left to search. The house was sold, the furnishings were emptied one by one, and the diary was simply gone.
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