Birthday Party, Circa 1969

BP 1969

BP 1969-2

Read the note.

They’re playing a game called Battling Tops. I’ll do a separate post on that.

(Photo via Look-Around Lounge)

7 Responses to “Birthday Party, Circa 1969”


  1. 1 Jason July 17, 2013 at 1:12 am

    That kid was pimp. Crash and dash…

  2. 2 2W2N July 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I think the kid in the v-neck really is a pimp. Look at those styles!

  3. 3 leftylimbo July 17, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Weird. I actually got the creeps from reading that note. What kind of kid mysteriously appears at a b-day party unannounced?

    Kinda sounds like a premise for a horror movie. What if it turned out the kid was a ghost? What if you were looking at the picture and the kid turned around and his face was some crazy skull or some total “grudge” looking pale kid face with black eyes? OoooEEEEeeeoooOOO (creepy ’50s horror movie sound)

  4. 4 2W2N July 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    That’s the thing, though. It was a funny story to the mom writing the note, not a scary one. That’s what’s changed. A neighborhood used to be a big family. Now it’s just a word that tells us what our zip code is.

  5. 5 leftylimbo July 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I hear that. Is it just me, or is harder for kids to make friends with other neighborhood kids these days? Back in my day, it was like, all the neighborhood kids played with each other. They either made pilgrimages to each other’s houses and rode bikes together, or even just dropped by randomly and said, “Can Joe Kid come out and play?”

    From my experience these days, we run into lots of kids my son’s age (6-7 yrs. old) that live right around the block or something, but then we hardly ever see them again. And it’s not quite the same thing these days for a neighbor to just drop by and ask if so-and-so can come out and play, right? Or is that just my neighborhood?

  6. 6 2W2N July 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    It’s every neighborhood, unless you live in a small town (do those still exist?). I don’t even know the name of anyone in my apartment building.

    The middle class has literally eroded. There used to be a wider support structure, the proverbial “village.” That’s gone. I’m writing a long article on this, actually. It should go up this summer.

  7. 7 Gary June 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Age 5 in 1969? I could have been that kid!

    Not that I WAS, mind you. 🙂


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