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The Photographer and His Wife

The Photographer and His Wife

This is Fred Carpenter, who usually was on the other side of the camera, with his wife, Nell. Since this is a Real Photo Post Card, I'll let Aunt Nell tell the story:

"Dec 8, 1940

"Dear Florence & all -

"This was taken the 18th of May 1939 our 30th wedding day. How are you all I hope fine and I hope the children are all well....

"I have shortened a few coats for friends this winter also dresses. I'm hooking a rug. have the border most done. haven't done one before for a long time. You can paint this card if you'd like to. put some hair on for Fred for he has some. Write when you can. I'm going to use this for Xmas card. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
"Nell & Fred"

(Florence Carpenter Tyler was my grandmother and a younger sister to Fred.)

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Mom, Dad?

I want to sit under that beautiful tree and let these great people adopt me. Of course I'm 54 years old but they look like they would take me in!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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