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This is a scan from a 4x5-inch transparency that I recently found. It is, quite frankly, the most beautiful picture of my parents that I have ever seen. Here, James Arthur and Elaine "Sally" Garnand Longmore, relax in the sun, in newlywed happiness, and in vibrant color. The year, I believe, is 1953. The photo was taken somewhere in the Washington, DC area. View full size.