That Philco TV in the background was only 6 years old when the photo was taken. I say "only" because it would provide 16 more years of service before it was finally retired. Things lasted a lot longer back then. Whenever that TV developed a problem we would call Leonard Herdzina, the TV repair man. He would roll up in his station wagon and either fix the TV on site or, if things were really bad, take it back to shop. I remember his name because he was as important to the family as our doctor. In those days, they both still made house calls. Leonard's TV repair shop was how I got interested in electronics, but that's another story.
Check out that haircut on Dad. They called that a flat-top. It looks a little long. He was probably due for a trim. We went to the barber (Ray Watson) every other week, regular as clockwork. I'm not sure of the real color of the shirt. It's pretty washed out from the flashbulb.
That rocking chair is a classic. It rocked AND swiveled. My cousins and I used to sit in it an spin around until we were dizzy. It must have made Dad a little annoyed because he eventually removed the swivel mechanism. After that it was just a rocking chair and was not anywhere near as much fun.