Cucamonga, California

Back: (l-r) Clifford Cattell, Unknown, Franklin Corsaro; Middle: Ina French, Virginia Valli, Kenneth Cattell, Unknown; Front: Unknown.

The first time I stumbled upon this picture it has captured my attention for some reason.

The sunshine and the general happiness and contentment of the children?  How beautiful the children are?

The apparently well-manicured law in post-war California?

“BUEHLER” is written on the building behind, is that a K on the second word?  Does the building face left or to the right?  Was it a gas station?  I did some research and found this link to a home I believe not far from this location: “Significant to the community, this 1913 turn of the century residence is part of a group of dwellings built on smaller city lots near the Cucamonga town center. Because of its proximity to the Cucamonga town center, merchants and business owners made these homes their temporary dwellings. In 1920, Walter A. Buehler purchased the home and lived there with his wife Lillian and their two sons and two daughters until 1944. He established Buehler Tank Works, which was a major local industry and employer of the community during World War II.”  Walther Albert Ludwig Buehler (1890-1970).  I bet the second word is TANK.

I am not sure of the occasion or why all the children are pointing to the head of the boy sitting in front.  Game?  Silliness?

Two of them are cousins of mine.  Franklin George Corsaro on the back right and Josephine Ina Corsaro standing front left.  They were born in 1936 and 1943, both are still alive.  Their mother is the half-sister to my Grandfather Milo James Ross (1921-2014).

Also in the photo are Virginia Marie Valli (1943-?), Clifford Edward Cattell (1937-?), and Kenneth Lee Cattell (1943-?)

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