Could this be the precursor to the Dodge Ram?
Tucked away in my aunt’s papers was this photo. I would love to know the story behind it, but now, all I can do is guess. Unlike the many others among my grandmother’s photographs of her daughters, this one bears no label.
I had trouble at first, deciding whether this was a picture of my mother or my aunt, but settled on my mother as the subject for two reasons. First, though the “Dutch Boy” haircut was favored by my grandmother for both her girls, my mother’s hair was darker, even in childhood; my aunt’s hair had a blonde gleam to it. Then, too, this subject’s facial appearance more closely resembles that of my mother, especially around the eyes.
I wish I could tell, from what little of the house appeared in the photo, where the scene took place. There are so many possibilities. Though I tend to doubt it would be the Tampa setting of her maternal grandparents, there was always the possibility of a tourist stop along the drive to Mama and Papa’s home. Then, too, the old McClellan farm in Wellborn, Florida, could have been a stop on the way to Tampa.
Of course, though it may not have fit the setting for Mrs. W. D. Davis’ Tourist Home itself, in Erwin, Tennessee, I can’t imagine anyone there being very far from a farm.
Whether in Tennessee or Florida or any place in between, that special cart was made just right for a great childhood memory.
Now, if only someone would have told me a little bit more about it…