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November 16, 2020

Wonderful Life of an Alaska Family in the 1950s and ’60s Through Amazing Color Photos

Sand Point, also known as Popof Island, is a city in Aleutians East Borough, Alaska, United States. It is on northwestern Popof Island, one of the Shumagin Islands, off the Alaska Peninsula. It is the borough seat of Aleutians East Borough, and is near the entrance to the Bering Sea.

The Aleutians East Borough School District is in Southwestern Alaska along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Chain The District was formed in 1988 from smaller districts that consolidated and formed a Borough with taxing authority.

The Borough and District boundaries are the same, and stretch over approximately 15,000 square miles (39,000 km2) of roadless, mostly treeless tundra, from the middle of the Alaska Peninsula to the north and east, going southwest out to Akutan just east of Dutch Harbor.

These amazing color photos from KurtClark that documented everyday life of his family mostly at Sand Point, Alaska in the 1950s and 1960s.

My mother with her friend Don May in Anchorage AK, about 1951. Her log home was at the corner of 9th and Gambell, circa 1951

Aunt Carol and uncle John in front of my grandparents' house in Spenard AK, circa 1954

1951 Chevrolet Deluxe behind my cousin Wendell in the driveway of my parents' home in City View neighborhood of Anchorage, July 1956

Anchorage road construction, circa 1956

Caption on back of slide: "Govt Hill and Snow", Anchorage, circa 1956

Chevy sedan, Anchorage, circa 1956

Kiddieland train, Anchorage, circa 1956

Portage Glacier, circa 1956

The spit, Sand Point, March 1960

Bunk house from the oil dock at Sand Point Harbor, 1961

Bush pilot delivering vegetables, Sand Point, May 1961

My oldest sister at 2 1/2 years. This is in our back yard overlooking the strait between Sand Point and Unga Island in the background, January 1961

Sand Point scout cookout, February 1961

Sand Point, Alaska, April 1961

Skiffs at Sand Point, circa 1961

The boardwalk, Sand Point, August 1961

Town view from when we lived on the island, Sand Point, August 1961

Unga Island across the strait from Sand Point, ship passing through, circa 1961

Clamming in Sand Point, June 1962

Motor Vessel Expansion coming int Sand Point harbor on a foggy day, March 1962

Photographer gets the stormy shot, Sand Point, January 1962

Unga Island across the strait from Sand Point, 1962

Fishing boats in the strait between Popof and Unga Islands, Sand Point, June 1963

Grumman Goose, Sand Point, June 1963

Halibut fleet in Sand Point, April 1963

Sand Point harbor just before the halibut season opening in late March, 1963

"The Bomb" was a Dodge M-43 4x4 Korean War Navy ambulance that was issued to us when we lived in Sand Point, April 1964

Douglas DC-3 at Sand Point, 1964

Russian Orthodox Church on Sand Point was pretty deteriorated on the outside, but on the inside everything was gold, April 1964 (1)

Sand Point, Alaska, September 1964

DC-3 landing at Sand Point, 1965

The cemetery, Sand Point, May 1965

Green Hill, Sand Point, 1966

Mount Pavlof smoking at sunset, Sand Point, May 1966

Me at the beach, 1969




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