Shorpy April 09, 2017

While I didn’t take this photo of the California State Capitol – my brother did on 35mm Anscochrome – I am the reason it exists. At 11 years of age I was an avid rockhound and longed to find things like quartz crystals or what was for me the holy grail: a geode. What I lacked was field experience, so I wheedled my father into driving up from Marin County to the American River in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. My brother came along for the ride. History does not record, nor did my brother, anything that might have happened past Sacramento. If I’d found crystals or a geode, I’d have remembered. But today I have one consolation: my brother fortuitously captured a Nash in its natural habitat, the roadways of the 1950s.


Chicago circa 1962. “Miss Eileen Dawson of American City Bureau at Tri-State Hospital Assembly exposition. Air-Shields Inc. Isolette incubator display.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.