Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Family Reunion--Julian Avenue 1950

Members of the Rea family gathered in the backyard of the Readle home at 5925 Julian Avenue in 1950.  The Reas were the parents of Della Rea Readle.  In the top photo, Willard Rea, scopes out the new home recently purchased by his son-in-law and daughter.  The ladies, in their patterned dresses, take a moment to look up at the photographer.  Behind them children play in a sandbox under a tall apple tree.  Both of the garages in this historic photo are no longer standing.  The structure on the right served as the garage for 5919 Julian Avenue.  That building has since been replaced by a newer garage.

If you did not know any better, you would think the second photo was taken in the country and not in the backyards of a densely built street.  Most of the homes in the 5900 block of Julian Avenue were built in the 1910s and 1920s.  Tall trees provided nice shade for the backyards all along the alley.  Notice a mop is hanging on the clothesline to dry. These historic images are courtesy of John Readle.

A contemporary image shows the front of the home in 2012.

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