Welcome to the meal, served by Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Bert and Bertha Dague. Bert is happy to throw a happy look to the camera, while Bertha is focused on the task at hand.
This was scanned from a copy, so I hope to track down the original for better quality, but I think it looks fairly good — the copy had been very green-tinted, which I reduced.
You could guess this to be a holiday gathering — there’s a hint of decor (I think?) above Bertha’s head that could favor Christmas, but for now I have a working date of Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1958. Margin of possible error is likely 1953-1961. If 1958 is right, Bert would be 75 years old and Bertha 76 years old. Bert later died in 1961, Bertha in 1972.
Some other details — you can see Bert’s wedding ring and his suspenders — man do those pants ride high. You get a sense of his very light eyes. Bertha looks to be wearing an apron. There’s a flowery wallpaper(?) in the back.
Location is suspected as their home — which would likely be the familiar 109 Prospect St in Lodi, unless anyone knows otherwise. The 1950 census records will be released in April of 2022, but I know they were there in 1940.
here’s a colorized version:
- Did the Dague’s often host holiday gatherings/meals?
- What were their personalities like?
- Any more thoughts about possible event/location/year?