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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

My older sister and me

My older sister and me

Mom wrote "1952" on the back. In pencil, as was her wont. I still remember the shirt -- beige with brown dots. She had my dad's front teeth, by the way.

Dad's teeth

Did Dad get the front teeth back after the picture was taken?

Lovely picture; Sis has Margaret O'Brien eyes, and I can't think of a single mother who wouldn't kill to get a smile like yours on their baby boy!

My mother tells me that whenever they got black and white studio portraits done (not often!), one hand-tinted copy of the shot was part of the package. Some photographers were more tasteful than others, I guess; Mom's tinted senior picture is on the Easter-egg side of the spectrum, and she tells me he didn't even get the color of her dress tight.

As is our wont

It's always gratifying to encounter a fellow wont-user. Cute photo, reminds me of mine, a solo affair from a couple years earlier, down to the sepia tinge. Another one from the session was hand-tinted. You ever wonder what shtick the photographer pulled to get such artless grins on our little mugs?

 
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