Graduation 1959

Frances had photos for all three of us kids at Balls studio in Tucumcari New Mexico. At the time this was made the studio had won awards at the national thing they do. usually its really old men who won the nationals but this took the award for best whatever.

I only remember thinking how unfair it was that this was displayed in the window of their studio and she could not afford to pay for them and get one yet, and why did this win a national prize when there were so many beautiful Tucumcari beautiful senior girls photos. Well, that’s a kid for you. It is not the person in the photo, but the expertise with the photograph that wins awards.

Frances worked so hard, she stocked groceries, order the goods for the store, clerked , did everything, sometimes ten hours a day. Bless her heart


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