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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Piano Proteges

Piano Proteges

Anyone else happen to take piano or singing lessons from Mrs. Janson. She lived just west of Azusa on Francisquito in West Covina, California. Rod, Becky and Greg Herbert are in this photo. Photo taken by Mary Herbert.

Star Quality

I love the look of self-confidence and vivaciousness on the face of the only girl in this photo who obviously is not at all intimidated by the majority of males. All of these kids were instilled with self-discipline which shows it can be done. No trophies (in those days) just for showing up. One can also pick out the anxious and nervous kids (Don Knotts types) who feel uncomfortable in their stiffly starched Sunday clothes. Great picture.

 
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