Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Our "Backyard," Roxbury Park

Roxbury Park, Beverly Hills, 1957
I recently came across this photo from 1957 of my brother, Ken  playing his plastic Mickey Mouse guitar at Roxbury Memorial Park.  It must have been Ken's birthday or some other family event.  We would often celebrate at the Park.  It was like our backyard.  We lived a block east of the Park on South Bedford Drive.  Also pictured are the men on my Dad's side of the family:  Uncle Hi, Ken, Uncle Mort, Great Uncle Morris and Grandpa Lawrence. I'm sure my Dad, George, took the photo.  Sorry for that fold across the photo!
No doubt, the guitar was a recent gift to Kenny.  I do love his super white high-top tennis shoes sitting on the grass and his calypso straw hat.  We shall call him "Calypso Ken" from now on.
The "Mousegetar" that is really a big ukulele!
One more Roxbury Park photo from 1956.  Looks like Ken is holding a camera.  I'm in a rather fancy party dress.  Ken is wearing his Balboa blue yachting outfit with a striped t-shirt.  Who knows what event we were headed to?  The photo is grainy (sorry) and we can see the tennis courts in the background. 
Roxbury Park, Beverly Hills, 1956
I'd like to get my hands on one of the Mouse-guitar ukuleles! I'll have to ask my brother how the sound was on it.

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At 11:19 AM PST, Blogger ken bloom said...

I certainly remember the Mouse Guitar. I"m sure the sound was less than fabulous. Grandma Bloom used to give me those sailor suits with the cap for my birthday every year. Those were also the days where the vacation was to Hotel Del Coronado. Maybe you need a mOuse Guitar but built out of wood instead of plastic. What do you think?


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