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Bettsie, Bottsie and Bobby

Bettsie, Bottsie and Bobby

Photo taken in front of my family's then-home at 2 Gedney Way in Newburgh, NY, probably on Easter Sunday in 1941, but no later than 1942. In the foreground is myself, "Bobby" Wilson, and behind me are, at the left, Bob "Bettsie" Betts, my older sister's early high school sweetheart, and to the right, Don "Bottsie" Bott. Bettsie joined the Navy the following year and never returned to Newburgh. Bottsie lived in Newburgh for the remainder of his life and died only last year. And there I am today, in Beaufort SC, still wondering how I ever ended up here. View full size.

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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