Our Sepia Saturday 331 theme image shows three award winning babies at a 1938 Baby Show which was part of fundraising efforts for the Dartford Hospital in Kent. The picture was taken by the Daily Herald Staff Photographer, Reuben Sandman, and forms part of the Daily Herald Archive which is held by the National Media Museum. Selections from the archive - including this photograph - form part of the National Media Museum Flickr Commons stream._________________________________________________________________________________
The door-to-door photographer rang Patty's door one fine day in the San Fernando Valley circa 1940.
An excellent salesman, he talked her into sitting for a portrait in her living room. She changed into the dress she'd worn just weeks before as an attendant in her sister's wedding. All was well until Richard, my husband and a rambunctious child, was causing a ruckus and distracting her. The frustrated photographer finally said, "Oh, just pick him up."
This photo of Patty, my mother-in-law, in her pretty satin dress holding a diapered, pleased-with-himself-looking Richard was the result. He's won the greatest prize of all - his mother's attention. It's my favorite of his baby pictures. He thinks he looks goofy and I agree with him.
Unrelated to this photo is a certificate I found in a pile of photos in an antique store in Temecula. I googled the Los Angeles Express Better Baby Exposition and found out that Judy Garland won it in 1930. If I had time, I'd look up Duke Earl Saunders and see if I could find out if his life continued on the same winning upbeat path. The future certainly looked bright for him in 1927.
We're leaving today for Seattle and a cruise up to Princess Louisa Sound and back. See you later.
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