The snapshot below shows Mary Fife in a fishing boat. Some of you may remember Mary from her appearances in the Marion & Herb Timm Collection (1937-71). She and Marion were friends in some of the earliest photographs. I was happy to find this one as it also fits into my ongoing (women/girls)+(on/near)+(boats/ships) series. Yes, I’m still collecting those. I’m juggling a bunch of collections these days. So here’s Mary out on the water with her shades and fishing rod. I had this photo for two weeks before I noticed the guy ruining the shot. I wonder if it was Herb.
Or maybe it was the new guy, Bill Crampton. Bill shows up for the first time in this playful series of photographs taken at Post Falls, Idaho on 5/22/38. It looks like he might’ve been Mary’s date. He’s got his hand on her hip and is grinning like silent movie star Harold Lloyd in that first picture. Then a cigar-chomping Herb joins the couple for the second shot. The guys mug it up and Mary gets caught cracking her knuckles and grinning at the ground. Unless there was a fifth person at the falls with them, that second shot was taken by Marion. How do I know? Well, she changes places with Bill for the final picture…the group hug!
They all seem to be enjoying themselves. Especially Herb.