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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAMAICA: THE GEM OF THE TROPICS

And Now for Some Cake: 1961

And Now for Some Cake: 1961

The reverse shot from the one I posted last week shows the star of the party: the birthday cake. It also shows that it wasn’t an ALL girl party.

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Wondering About Her Too

You have correctly identified my position in this picture though there are no candles on this cake. If you look on the right strip of shelf paper, next to the cone cap, there are lines that are not in other sections of the shelf paper, which may be the candles that were once on the cake. Hard to tell in black and white with such a busy design.
As for the child covering her eyes, I have been wondering about her too.
Now that I know this is first grade, I have been comparing these children to my first grade class picture (seen here) to see if I can figure out who she was. That picture was taken only two months after this party, so the guests who were my school friends (as opposed to my neighborhood friends, who went to other schools) should be in it.

Can't look

So that must be you, aenthal, third from the top, on the left, with the shiny headband, blowing out the candles. (Same you with the headband in the accompanying photo, setting the not-table.) And although I agree with jd taylor's comment last week that your mom deserves credit for trying something funky and new, the sight of the birthday cake on the floor is just a little bit weird, I must confess. Nice to see there was at least a third boy in attendance, amongst all those girls (I'm considering the comfort level of the boys), but what, I ask, is with that kid on the right, covering her face with her hands? Is she afraid you're going to blow the icing and flames all over her?

 
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