Sentimental Saturday – Carol And The Panda

Carol is my aunt, my father’s only sister.

This photo is undated but appears to be from the mid-1950s. The photo was taken in the living of my grandparent’s home on Darrell Avenue in Toronto and I suspect it may have been taken by my father during one of our visits to see my grandparents when I was very young.

Carol Hadden with her stuffed panda bear, mid-1950s

Carol Hadden with her stuffed panda bear, mid-1950s

It may be a bit blurry in the above photo, but it is quite clear in the original, in the lower right corner there is a magazine on the couch. It is a copy of “For Men Only.” At the time this photo was taken, the magazine was not pornographic in nature. That would come much later in the magazine’s twenty or so years lifespan. No, in the mid-1950s, the magazine contained fictionalized and sometimes lurid stories of adventure. I don’t know who the magazine belonged to and I may never ask.

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