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Photograph Showcase: Smiling Deane

DUVAL, Deane Alice, 1941 - edited, smaller
Deane Alice Duval, 1941


What a lovely photo of my Grandma!  It was taken sometime during 1941.  In June of 1941, Grandma turned nine.

It’s almost time for my kiddos to go back to school.  So that has me wondering if this photo was taken near back to school time for my Grandma?  She looks awfully smart in that jacket and skirt.

I love her happy smile!

The blurred areas in the photo on the bottom left up to about her shoe and the bottom right edge up to about the height of her knee are puzzling to me.  I wonder if this was a practice photo . . . ?  My great-grandparents’ photography skills certainly improved with time!



Happy Thursday, I hope you find and share a precious family photo today!!  Or if not today, very soon.  😉  xoxo




9 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Smiling Deane”

    1. That is a definite possibility! I’ve also wondered if it happened in the development . . . ? Great-Grandpa Duval became their developer but I don’t know a thing about it, so I don’t know if that is even possible. But he had to be a beginner at some point.

  1. It looks like there might be a few leaves scattered in the grass. If so, that lends to the idea that this photo was taken in late summer before school started and when leaves had not really started falling.

  2. The plaid collar and pockets look great on her jacket. It looks like the cuffs may have also been plaid. I wonder if it was store bought or made by someone out of old clothes. My maternal grandmother was an expert on this kind of re-purposing.

    1. I’m going to guess that great-grandma made it, but I’m not positive. I know that she was an excellent seamstress and made her own clothing for a long time. In her later years, when her businesses were quite successful she had her dresses custom made. She taught my mom how to sew and would buy her as much fabric as she wanted but only one project at a time. Once one project was finished she could buy fabric for another.

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