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Veuillez ne pas prendre ma photo

I posted a picture of Berthe with her sister, Vera, a few weeks ago. Here’s another photo of Berthe on a city street, striding with cool 1930s purpose. She looks slightly miffed and may be thinking unkind things in French.

I have a theory about these photos.


I think my great-grandfather took them. I think he thought she was beautiful and had a sudden urge to catch her in motion. He ran ahead about 20 feet and waited until she caught up, but barely.

His name was Jay and I have photos of him, too. He’s smiling in all of them, wide and earnest. You can’t see him in this photo, but he was there.

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