It’s back to school week for us. A perfect time to pull out an old family photo featuring school days. Because these two photos are glued to one piece of cardboard, I decided to post them together. They come from the collection of Vera Duval. Her collection was passed to her niece, my Grandma, who in turn gave them to me.
The top photo is coming away just enough to see a notation on the back that reads:
Taken 1916 at Lynn Valley School, Vera & Francis Duval
Francis Duval is my great grandfather. Vera is his older sister.
In the top photo, Francis is in the second row down from the top, second child in from the left. In the same photo, Vera is in the second row back from the front, fourth child in from the left.
In the bottom photo, Francis is in the center of the front row. I am not sure if Vera is in this photo. The only girl who I think she might be, is the girl in the third row up from the bottom, third from the left wearing a dark dress with a colored bow on top of her head. I am also wondering if their younger sister Dolores might be in either photo. She was born in 1909 so… maybe? None of the faces strike me as definitely being hers.
Francis looks younger in the bottom photo to me. What do you think?
I am also trying to decide if the two buildings are the same. There are definite similarities, enough to think they are the same building. But it strikes me as odd that there would be two large staircases on different parts of the building.
The bottom photo is glued down so tightly that I have no hope of getting to any type of label that might be hiding there on the back of the photo.
Even if I can’t wrangle out every single detail, I love these old school pictures. What a treasure!