Photograph Showcase: Leaving California and The Coffee Cup



DUVAL, Deane and Francis Duane, leaving California - edited

Deane & Frank Duval


My great-grandparents were adventurous at a time when being adventurous kept your family fed.  They traveled around with their little family of four, working where they could find a job, and leaving when the job ended or they needed more – more opportunity, income, etc.  Eventually, they settled in Spokane, Washington and started a photography studio in their home.  But before settling down was what seemed best, one of their stops was in Pacific Beach, California.

According to their daughter, my Grandma, as they were traveling through California, they stopped and her dad decided it was a great place for a restaurant.  So for a time, they owned and ran The Coffee Cup.  This photo taken in front of The Coffee Cup has a simple inscription on the back:DUVAL, Deane and Francis Duane, leaving California - back

Leaving California.

As I have studied the photos from this time period and gone over my notes I am a little bit puzzled.  Was the Coffee Cup in Pacific Beach or in a different part of California?  This photo doesn’t look very much like the San Diego I am familiar with.  Also, there are photos of my Grandma in Pacific Beach that seem to be taken well after this photo.  Did they make two California stops?  I really wish that simple inscription contained one very important detail – the date!  😉

Oh well, I imagine as I continue going through photos, the timeline will become more clear.  So for now, I am going to enjoy this awesome photograph of my Grandma and her younger brother sitting atop their trailer in front of their little restaurant as they leave it behind in search of the next adventure in their journey.

My great-grandparents were such excellent photographers!  They gave me no end of photos to stare at, wonder about, and puzzle over.

I am so grateful.


Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic genealogy discovery today!  If not, maybe label a photo or two so your great-granddaughter won’t be left to wonder.  🙂



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16 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Leaving California and The Coffee Cup

  1. Great photo! I too am so grateful for the photo treasures my forebears left me.

  2. Love!!! This photo! Maybe they were headed on vacation?

    • Thank you, Luanne! I do too!! I don’t know. I wish I did. Sigh. I shouldn’t complain though, there are thousands of photos in my collection and most of them are labeled or identified in some way. We genealogists are never satisfied are we? We always want more – more info, facts, photos, stories, answers. 😉

  3. Wonderful photo! Can you date it by the ages of your grandmother in the photo?

    • Thank you, Amy! I love it. I tried zooming in with that it mind, but she and her brother aren’t crisp enough to get much detail. I compared her to some other photos but I didn’t feel confident that I was seeing this one well enough to know for sure. I did try an address search based on the number on the building, but without knowing for sure which city, I couldn’t find anything helpful. Thank you for the suggestion though! 🙂

  4. It’s a wonderful photo even without the date. At least you have “leaving California” as a clue. My ancestors lived in California most of their lives and once there, none of them left. In fact, my siblings still live there. So I doubt I’ll ever find a photo with a clue like that. LOL!

    • So true, the photo is a treasure as is! Haha. My family were very adventurous and mobile for a long time. They chose Spokane, Washington which suited them well. My great grandpa grew up wintering in Oakland and summering in Alaska so I imagine Spokane felt like a good compromise for him. 😉

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