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Photograph Showcase: Duval Family Around the Campfire

DUVAL family, printed 28 May 1940, Bellingham, WA
l-r:  Deane Alice Duval, Hope Estelle Maffit, Francis Henry Duval, Uncle Frank.  Printed 28 May 1940 in Bellingham, Washington.


What a great shot!!


Kudos to Grandma & Grandpa Duval for this wonderfully staged and timed photo.  I have a handful of these.  Photos where I know a timer and tripod were used to capture a moment in the life of this family of four.  And while they are technically “staged”, the staging was just for the photo.  The outdoor activities were definitely real.  The Duval family spent a lot of time outside!

I love that my Grandma, on the far left, clearly wasn’t going to follow directions and looked at the camera.  She even has a bit of defiance in those fiery eyes of hers.  She was always chock full of spunk!  I miss her.

I know if Grandma saw this photo, she would call it a “weenie roast”.  I almost used that in my title, but I just couldn’t bring myself to use that phrase.  😉


The photo is not dated, but the date of printing is found on the back as seen here:

DUVAL family, printed 28 May 1940, Bellingham, WA - photo back

On 28 May 1940, my Grandma was one day shy of a month away from her 8th birthday.  Since I have a seven-year-old right now, I can say with slightly more authority than normal that I think the printing date seems like a pretty good approximate date to me.




Happy Thursday!!  Have you scanned a precious photo lately?  If you have, I hope you also shared it widely.  xoxo