A Trip to the Top

The man’s hair is immaculately styled by some goop and careful combing; the two girls’ hair is carefully curled and arranged. This is a family who pays attention to appearances, borrowing patterns of clothes and behavior from the popular magazines—LIFE and LOOK—of the 1950s or 60s.

No one is looking at the camera in this scene. The girls are looking up at the man, presumably their father, as he takes in an unseen view through the telescope. This image was from a 35 mm slide and bears the visual qualities of that time period when film cameras allowed casual photographers more sophisticated tools. The colors are often surreal, depending on which manufacturer’s film one was using.

PMM General Collection