120 Washington Avenue, Downingtown, PA July 2002. Our old apartment building stills standing
Our family lived here on the second floor front from 1948 to 1954. Our playground was the street out front or the railroad yard out back.
My brother Isaac now lives in the family house in Pennsylvania. Our parents built that house in 1958. It is only a small ranch house (1,100 square feet) with one bathroom. However, it was the first house our family ever lived in. Before they built that house (for $14,000), we had always lived in second floor apartments. I remember how much I used to envy my classmates when I walked to school in Downingtown (a town of 5,000), Pennsylvania. They had a backyard to play in. Me and my brothers played in the road, down by the railroad tracks or any other place where we weren't chased from. More than once we heard "Hey! You kids get out of there!" or "Hey! What are you kids doing there!?" Thus, it was a real treat when we finally had our own house, and I had my own bedroom (being the oldest and all). Alas, it was only to be a year for me because I graduated from high school in 1959 and after a stay in the hospital for six months (a subject of another blog posting), I joined the Army. And after three years in the Army I got out and moved into my own apartment until I met Bill.
Here are more pictures from that era, the early Fifties when the Tipton Boys were the Terror of Washington Avenue.
Me and my brothers John and Isaac on the stoop of 120 Washington Avenue with our friends Johnny Johnson and Patty Robinson (I don't know who the little girl sitting on the steps in the far back is) - 1950
My brother Isaac riding his wagon on Washington Avenue 1948 (my father obviously took this pictures because he liked to get 'cute' with his angled pictures which are just annoying now) - check out the vintage vehicles in the background - priceless.