S: Christmas & Winter Memories Arnold & Norma Johnson Family 1954 - 1972
BC: Dad made us the Magic Carpet shown above in 1961. I made a near duplicate of it for Kelsey & Rachel in 2002.
FC: Christmas & Winter Memories Arnold & Norma Johnson Family 1954 - 1972 | 1963
1: Mom, Merry Christmas 2010 and Happy 80th birthday 2011 ! | This book of Christmas and winter photos that you and Dad (and others) took during the years 1954 thru 1972 is your present for both events. The book contains about 170 photos. I scanned in most of these photos from your slides and negatives. Some photos came from slides that Linda & Jim had scanned in a few years ago. Nearly all of the photos were improved using Photoshop. Typical improvements included color & exposure correction, dust spec removal, repair of damaged sections, red eye correction, etc. I cleaned some of the film/slides with liquid film cleaner which stunk up the house. I put a lot of effort into figuring out which year each photo was taken and I think I got nearly all of them correct. I used clues such as what style of glasses we were wearing, what presents were under the tree, how old the youngest kid seemed to be, etc. Most slides were marked with a date but I found that many were not processed in the same year they were taken. Some were processed a couple years later. What were you doing with all of your free time that you couldn't get the photos processed in a timely manner? | Anyway, enjoy this book. I enjoyed looking through the photos while making it. Love, Ned
2: 1954 | Uncle Bob sitting in Linda's stroller | Linda out for a ride in the snow The photo of Grandpa & Linda, below, may actually be from 1953 | Uncle Bob wearing a bright, shiny, colorful jacket dad sent him from Japan during the Korean War, 1953. Don also got a jacket from Dad and the jackets had Japanese symbols.
3: 1954 | Grandma (Marjorie) won the $700 Grand Prize playing BINGO at St. Mary's church (in the basement) and was able to buy Linda a fancy doll and Uncle Bob a nice bike. That was a lot of money in 1954. Grandma didn't often play BINGO. | The piano was bought from the owners of Johnson's Photo Studio
4: 1955 | I didn't really find any Christmas or winter photos from 1955 but it is possible that this image of Great Grandma Alvina Jana and her son, Great Uncle Leonard Jana, was taken in 1955. I like their tree, it has a lot of character. They are posing at what we considered Leonard's house. Us kids often enjoyed watching TV with Leonard in this same part of the house when we were young. He always gave us a "bar" (candy bar) as we were heading home. Some of the walks home were very cold on a dark winter's night. | This ornament is from Leonard's tree, Grandpa gave it to me.
5: 1956 | I didn't find any Christmas photos from 1956 but in think these photos of our underground house were taken that year. I guess you could call this being "snowed in." | For some reason my scanner would not scan in the entire negative for the above photo. I tried different ways to trick the scanner but never found one that worked. The car is Dad's first, a 1948 Chevy Fleetline Aero 2-door sedan, purchased used, but in very good condition, from a man in Rogers City. | Internet image of a '48 Chevy Fleetline Aero
6: 1957 | I remember digging a similar cave/tunnel when I was 10 or 12 years old. It was dug into hard packed snow that was blown over Jen's hedge. The cave was T-shaped, was about 20 feet long, had a small room at the T intersection and had 3 entrances. The snow was so hard packed that we could walk on the top of the cave/tunnel. | In the photo below, Dad is hard at work digging a snow cave for Linda.
7: 1957 | The photo on the left, below, is what the slide actually looked like, way over exposed. Using Photoshop, I was able to bring some life back into the picture. Not great, but you get a pretty good look at those turquoise drawer knobs. | The year of the little red card table. The kids are wearing shoes to avoid getting slivers from the plywood floor.
8: 1958 | Necco wafers, Chuckles, peanuts, hard candy, candycanes, gum & a popcorn ball
9: 1958 | Wow! Gina is really decked out, below.
10: 1959 | This thing is cramping my style, let's bury it in the snow. | Baby Ned arrived on January 12. | Linda's 6th birthday, February 23rd. | Grandpa's Ford Fairlane, Dad's '48 Chevy. Tom's snow suit was red and was worn by Ned in later years, see 1960 when Ned was approx 2. | Notice the plastic pitcher of milk, half powdered (sometimes w/lumps), half real milk, yuck!
12: 1959 | Man up! Tom-boy. Don't be such a crybaby. | There, that's better.
13: 1959 | An ornament from our tree | An ornament from Leonard's tree
14: 1960 | Can you find these little guys on the next page?
15: 1960 | The year of the tricycle & wagon. Tom & Ned both wore the red snow suit shown below (see 1959) | The gray Plymouth (above) wouldn't start on cold days
22: 1963 | The above photo is also shown on the cover | This nice round tree was on sale at B&C
24: 1964 | Ned got the red shovel (since he did most of the shoveling) and the rest of the kids got the rocking toy made by Dad | No Ned in the photo on the left because he was shoveling the driveway, as usual
25: 1965 | Notice Gina's big dancing doll and the new radio that allowed us to tune in to WCBY, Cheboygan
26: 1966 | These little ornaments are from the Bridal Collection that Linda gave to each of us.
27: 1966 | Notice the Michigan Rummy plastic betting tray in the photo at left. I purchased one of these off eBay a few years ago. I also see my green fishing pole in that photo. I like our 19 inch black & white TV which we used to watched both channels; NBC Ch 4, Cheboygan & CBS Ch 10, Sault Ste. Marie. | At left, Ned, Gina, Lisa Schryer, Annie, Tom. Dad's cement mixer on the right.
28: 1967 | Santa's little helpers are putting out presents below. The keen eye will notice that Gina's stocking is on the far left at the beginning of the night but Santa filled it and hung it on the far right later. The large present by the fireplace is a 3-speed bike for Ned. | The GOLD stick tree year. Mom thought that we had a silver stick tree the following year but all of the years seem to be accounted for. I think we only had one stick tree.
30: 1968 | The year of the toboggon, hockey sticks & skis. I think that the tall present in red paper is a Winchester 30-30 rifle or a BB gun. | Santa's little helpers at it again; and dressed to the nines!
31: 1968 | We really enjoyed riding the toboggon down the world's largest sawdust pile which was located just down the street from our house. One time I was riding with Mike Spray. We hit a bump and I got thrown off and Mike & the toboggon ran over me. Tom and I played hockey with the Spray's and others on the street. The hard packed snow & ice made the street a good hockey surface. On the next page you will see me using my brand new skis.
33: 1968 | At left is a rare color winter photo showing our turquoise '65 Olds Delta 88 car and light green '66 Chevy 10 pickup truck
34: 1969 | Caption 1: Some would question, "Could he really have pulled this off?" The fact is he did. The real question is, "Where were his parents?" Caption 2: Tom was a particularly bad boy that year . . . but it was too late for Santa to do anything about it. Caption 3: How he pulled this off, we will never know . . . but to say he was revered by the boys of the neighborhood . . . well, that's putting it mildly.
35: 1969 | The year of the snowmobile suit & boots and Ned's golf clubs
37: 1970 | In photo at left, Tom as Woody Allen, Ned as Ernie Douglas and Annie as Sarah Palin
38: 1971 | Notice the green & purple plastic hanging birds that Linda brought home from U of M
39: 1971 | Ned & Tom flying kites, Annie & Gus
40: Bonus Page | photos from other years | These 2 photos are from 1973 | This photo of Great Grandma Alvina Jana may have been taken in 1955 or earlier | The photo with Pluto was taken in 1972. I found it after I created the Disney pages. | This is Grandpa's tree from the late 1970's or later
41: 1972 Trip to Walt Disney World
42: 1972 | I copied these 1972 ride ticket images off the internet. We purchased the most expensive book, 12 Adventures, for $6.30. Then we purchased extra E-tickets at a cost of 90 cents each. Mom didn't go on the submarine ride. | Couture's gave us some extra ride tickets from their WDW visit a few months earlier
43: We went on all four E-ticket rides and saw both of the shows