We moved camp to a spot on Lake Dallas (Lewisville), and I decided to indulge in a little weaving time. Even though we’re not fully unpacked, and I still have half a gazillion boxes of slides to go through, I deserve a little creative time.
Right? Right. Besides, Herr POTUS who must not be named is liable to start WWIII tonight in Singapore, so drink up, me hearties, and do whatever ye like!
If you Google “Flying Keys” today, you’re more likely to get references to a certain wizarding world. Back in 1935, however, the Flying Keys were famous aviator brothers who made a record-breaking flight of 23 days over Meridian, MS and worked out a way of refueling in the air without setting their plane on fire. Twenty years later, it seems they displayed the Ole Miss at Meridian’s Key Field one last time before flying her to Washington D.C. and turning her over to the Smithsonian. My dad was on hand in 1955 and snapped these photos.
Thanks to Meridian residents who remember these folks, I can identify a few. The man in the dark suit below, second from the right, was then the Mississippi Attorney General James P. Coleman (later Governor). Al Key appears in his military uniform, and his brother Fred Key is the tall man beside Al, holding a hat.
Below, from left to right are: Senator John Stennis, Congressman Jamie L. Whitten, unknown 1, Fred Key, Attorney General James P. Coleman, Al Key, unknown 2, unknown 3.
My archeological dig through family photos continues. Framed pictures offer hope of more photos underneath, maybe younger versions of the old guy on top. In this case the top pic was yet another copy of a particular shot of my dad and his sister as little kids, squinting into the sun. Don’t they look like the Little Rascals?
Flipping the frame over, I pulled out the rusty nails holding a cardboard backing with this stamped on it:
Radio Picture Frame Co.? Odd.
Under the kids’ photo was the advertised Hand Colored Mexican Picture, although it looks more Spanish to me. Mildly interesting but not nearly as exciting as the movie poster that had been cut up to use as backing board. The fine print says, “Copyright 1936, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.” Who was this ruggedly handsome man? Does he look threatening because someone called him yellow?
You’re in New York City feeling peckish. Do you dine in a quirky deli or a fancy restaurant? How about that nifty new Automat? Sure, since it’s 1941, and who could pass up the chance to walk inside a giant vending machine?