The photos above are from the Concord Pow-Wow Parade in 1952.
They were taken near the intersection of Salvio & Grant.
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How shocking. Look at the cultural appropriation of indigenous populations, the sexism, nationalism, guns and flags! We have come a long way in our progress. If you look back at 1952, it was a dark time where a new house was $9,000 and writers like Hemmingway and Steinbeck were putting out new books, there were new movies like High Noon, and technological advances like the microwave oven. Now we have writers explaining why some kids have two dads, and our technological advances are sticking another camera lens on a telephone thingy that has been out for 15 years. Thank you for the pictures, but when thinking about how far our culture has fallen, it is a bit distressing.
I couldn’t agree more!
My Dad took these photos after getting back from his stint in the Korean Conflict. Just married, my parents were renting a duplex from Mr. Sattler on 2nd St. while they built our house next to my grandparents on Detroit Ave. They had to finish the house before I was born as Mr. Sattler had a “no-children” policy in his rentals at the time. These Kodachromes were developed at Wentling’s camera shop where my Dad went for all his photography needs then. My Dad is still kickin’ at 94 years old and will be glad to see these photos posted here.
Thank you for sharing the pictures and the stories.
Great Pictures!! Thanks for sharing them.
I enjoyed seeing them.
The good old days.
Anybody know what kind of a car that is? At first glance, I thought it’s a 1950 Nash, but upon further inspection, I don’t think it is. Nash convertibles had rigid door and window frames, and the fenders went straight across the tires. There’s some lettering on the grill, but I can’t make out what it spells.
Well….. judging by the grill, the whitewall tires and the front bumper (that looks to be wrapped with tin foil) I’m certain that I haven’t a clue what it is.
@Dawg….I’ve tried a couple of times to figure out what that car is. I believe you’re right about the ’50 Nash, it has the right overall shape. The banner on the windshield reads “The Druids” which was a custom car club back then. I would bet that the grille had been changed (popular) and who knows what other customizations had been made to it, they did pretty crazy stuff to cars back then, not like today with the giant wheels on crap cars.
@Dawg….Here’s a website I’ve used for many years for identifying old cars, you could spend hours checking stuff out…..
They had this parade every year even well into the 1960s! I was in it one year, and proudly dressed as an Indian. (er, ah..I mean Native American) but, I guess that’s considered racist, hateful, homophobic etc blah blah blah now.
I think the gentleman walking next to the Mt Diablo band ion the right of the picture is band director Jim Arnold who was the music man in the district for years
@Publius…Yes, Jim Arnold, music director in ’52 at MDHS.
@ssouza….And your point is what?
Love these old photos! Post more! (please)
I may have been in the parade? 12 years old and a member of the Boys Scouts we march in a lot of them
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