(It's snowing here. The roads aren't too bad yet, but the prob with driving is keeping the windshield clear. It's warm enough (16º) that the snow melts on the glass but the wipers smear it back into ice. Awk! But I saw my Monday afternoon client early, so now I'm safely home and blogging ☺)......
Remember the AP wire service photo from THIS post a few days ago? I sent it to Mary at the Weyerhauser Museum in Little Falls to see if anyone knew who the local boys were. In the meantime, Larry saw that the Library of Congress website has added more newspapers to its digitized collection. Was that photo published in other cities around the country? Sure, it was, and the actual photographer was from the Minneapolis Journal. Turns out the "candid" photo was nicely posed, while moms stood in the doorway of Hartmann's. Isn't this COOL? I see at least four adults on the left, and two more by the door, one holding a baby. Even the reflection of the car in the window is interesting. Is that a little sis between boys 2 and 3?
Good thing the photographer got them all to aim at the same thing.
(Above--from Minnesota Historical Society website).
Additional info: Here's Hartmanns store today, as seen on Google Earth. Looks like the white house next door was there in 1940 as well.
Below, Larry did a cutout of the boys and soldiers and put them on the sidewalk in 2010. Kinda freaky, but kinda cool, too!
(If you check the Morrison County Historical Society blog, you'll see that Mary posted the photo as it appeared in the Little Falls Transcript in August 1940 too. Maybe we'll find out who the kids were after all!)