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    Posted April 13, 2014 by
    Lake Charles, Louisiana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    '60s family photos

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    Easter Best , 1968


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     lauriw told me, 'This was a family photo taken in our Easter outfits in 1968. Our parents had seven adoptees; this was the next to the last family photo taken before our parents divorced.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Not only were we a large family, but seven of us were adopted at various ages. Despite the challenges of raising such a large family that required many special considerations, our mom was very particular about fashion during the sixties. No matter the purpose for her leaving the house, she always dressed up and paid attention to every detail. Dress in general was more formal during this time period, but what constituted special occasions then was different too. For us to go out to eat or to the movies was considered a treat worthy of dressing up. Although my mom dressed conservatively in this family portrait as she did daily, when it came to evening wear in the late sixties, her apparel ranged from evening gowns with long evening gloves to very mod outfits complete with wigs (depending on the occasion).

    Our parents had this family portrait made of all of us in our Easter outfits in 1968. We were living in Channelview, TX at the time. I am bottom row, second from the right (seated next to our mom). The next portrait (and our last) taken three years later showed an extreme change in fashion (including hairstyles and eyewear) as we plunged into the 70s. Their marriage didn't survive, but fortunately this portrait did.

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