photo credit: Andy Oxford*
photo credit: Andy Oxford*

“As a little kid you’re basically oblivious to things like lakes and mountains and scenic views. My world was more about my mom and dad and two sisters and which sister slobbered on my toy truck. We grew up in a small town and while we didn’t have a lot, we were happy. One of the things I remember most is my mom always insisted on dressing us up whenever we went out. It didn’t matter if we were going to church or the rare occasions we’d go out to dinner, mom felt very strongly that when you’re out in public you had to act right and you had to look right. On the occasion pictured here, we were headed to the airport in the big city (Colorado Springs) to pick up my grandma who was flying in from California for a visit. This was a huge deal because not only were we going to see the airport, which was strange and exotic back in those days, but we’d also get to go out to dinner with Grandma afterwards. Needless to say, I was in full-on Bing Crosby mini-me mode for that! I look to be about five or six, which would put the date of this picture around 1964.” – Andy Oxford*

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Header image: map of Northeast Houston in 1922, courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

*name changed at contributor’s request.

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