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Friday Flashback #283

Facebook is filled with places to post old photos.

The other day, Fran Smith uploaded a classic.

Captioned “getting ready to sled down Ketchum Street,” it offers a fascinating glimpse into late 1940s or early ’50s Westport — without a sled or street in sight.

Look at those faces. They’re mostly teenagers — but many look nothing like kids today. They seem both older and more innocent.

Their smiles are genuine. They were not posing for social media. They were ready to have fun. On sleds.

If you’re wondering: Ketchum is the short road connecting Franklin Street with Riverside Avenue (between The Whelk and the fire station). Back in the day, it was part of the heart of Saugatuck.

Sledding it today would be dangerous — too much traffic.

Besides, it’s been de-humped.

PS: Did those thin scarves really keep those girls warm?

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