Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Kentucky Derby

Part of the process of getting old in America is moving to smaller and smaller spaces with the concomitant winnowing of one's possessions.The bureau chief's mother is going through this process at the moment and various photos and papers have surfaced.

This is the official program for the 1936 Kentucky Derby. My forebears lived in Louisville, Kentucky and trips to Churchill Downs were part of the fabric of life. I like that the only two advertisements are for whiskey.

My maternal grandfather's careful numbers are on the left-hand page. Hopefully he was totaling winnings.

Bold Venture won the derby that year, in case you were wondering.

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