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Spring Planting: 1950

Spring Planting: 1950

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950. "Mrs. Clarence Butler" is all it says here. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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Miss Butler decided she didn't like having her picture taken so she screwed her eyes tight shut. It's hard to get my own daughters to pose. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.

Is it likely the photographer would be using flash in this period? The scene certainly looks like there was enough ambient light.

[Strong side light would have left their faces in half shadow without the flash. Little girl was likely caught in mid-blink. -tterrace]

[Also, you can see the flash reflected in the window, as well as two sets of shadows. - Dave]

Sarah Turner Butler (1920-2012)

Find-A-Grave has a record for Sarah Louise Turner Butler (1920-2012), widow of Dr. Clarence Cooper Butler (1918-2004), both interred at Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/98992768/sarah-louise-butler

A graduate of Wesleyan College, Mrs. Butler served on several boards and committees, such as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Columbus.

She also served as the president and chairman of the board of the Historic Columbus Foundation, so she would probably find this picture to be of interest.

[An heiress to the Coca-Cola fortune, Mrs. Butler was, according to Forbes magazine, one of the richest people in the United States. -Dave]

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