FOUND by Rebecca at the Karl Mundt Library, Madison South Dakota
So the library at Dakota State University was giving away their old books, and one in the fiction section I happened upon was “The Walking Stick”. Stuck inside was this picture. The stamp on the bottom says “C.W. Panzer, Lake Mills, WI.” on the back was written “Now let us now [sic] right away if you receive this.” I’ve kept it around because the man’s eyes are striking in a rather eerie way. I wonder who these people are.
I was in a thrift store a few years back, thumbing through a 1960s psychology textbook, when this fell out of the pages. From what I gather, Barbara was in love with a guy named Donald, and I guess Donald threw the picture in his textbook and tucked it away in the closet, only to donate the books years later. Most people can identify with loving someone who doesn’t love you back; but, the key to weathering the letdown is to wear a nice broach for picture day.
I think this came out of a used book. Something about it, eh? The back says Alfred, Uncle Jay, Dad Grandpa Ray, Dad. Two brothers and their pops. Smoking, smoking, not so much. That Al sure looks like he’s finding his place in the world but Ray already knows.