This isn't one of my relatives. I actually purchased this photo. I love it because it shows the two friends in their working uniforms (a trend back in those days). It's signed Walter Fout on the front with this message on the back:
This is addressed to Mrs. John Fout (Walter's mother). I wonder how it got to her since there's no address, not even a state unless that last squiggle means Ohio. And the card appears to be from Bessie. Maybe she's Walter's wife. Did they leave their "kid" behind.
The message reads:
Hello Mother here is Walter and his partner as they pack lime. don't you think it good. Ask Henry is he knows who it is. ans (answer?) soon Bessie (?). How is the kid getting along.
Walter's draft registration card was listed on Ancestry. His name was Walter Samuel Fout and 55 at the time this card was issued. He died at age 74. His wife Bessie is listed, too. Amazing what you can find on Ancestry. It really makes these people from the past come alive.
And below is a photo from his yearbook. Matching this photo to the one above, I think he's the one on the left, don't you?
I used this photo to create several artist trading cards (little works of art which are playing-card sized and used to trade with other people - this was a real trend the last few years).
I hope Walter and his partner won't be mad that I used their photo for these cards. Somehow I think they would like the idea. They look like two real wild and crazy guys.
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