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Cuffed and Affectionate



Unidentified man with leather cuff and Ed Huskell. RPPC. Private Collection.

Of course, what I noticed first is the greatly detailed leather cuff. Was it purely a fashion statement, or did it have a more practical use? The unidentified man with the cuff is posing with his left arm on Ed Huskell (or Hushell)’s shoulder. The pose is casually affectionate with Ed leaning into his friend.

Ed is IDed on the back as the husband of Stella, and father of  Beatrice (1912), Lonnie (1913), Flo Etta (1915), Phyllis (1917) and David McKeith (1924).

McKeith does seem like a strange choice for a middle name.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

1927 Joseph smoking a long pipe on a precarious bridge

1930s snapshot. Private Collection.

1927 Joseph Bertrand on bridge. Private Collection.

Rule #1: no matter where you are or on what, always look cool.

Joseph looks like he was on a trail bridge desperately in need of repair. Bet he checked the rail first before leaning against it. He’s wearing a panama hat and a suit with ‘plus fours’. The breeches extended 4 inches more below the knee than traditional knickerbockers, hence the name. They were very popular in the twenties as sportswear, especially for golf. Swing dancers adopted them in the 30s and 40s. He’s wearing plain white socks here but ‘plus fours’ popularized a slew of patterned socks like argyles.

This is a small picture, 2″ 1/4 x 3″ 1/4. The man is IDed on the back, the picture dated June 1927.

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