Patience and Fortitude

What it is:

Photo measuring approx. 4.25 x 2.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pencil is what looks like Reo Kuhn, though another possible interpretation (and more probable name) is Rees Kuhn.


This one amuses me.  It’s a neatly symmetrical, almost formal, pose framed by the clean lines of that modern home, and yet it’s a warm domestic scene, and one that is frankly silly.  The kids sitting sentry at the entrance of this home remind me of the stone lions sitting sentry at the entrance of the New York Public Library, hence the title of this post.  Patience and fortitude could also refer to qualities required of parents whose children are that age.  And speaking of the feline theme, cat lovers should note the kitty stalking behind our trio in the front entrance.

12 comments on “Patience and Fortitude”

  1. Great photo. Great commentary!

  2. I love your title. I didn’t even see the kitty until you pointed it out! That home is certainly moderne, but it seems like it needs a paint job–maybe it was brand-new, and not quite finished?

    • Thanks! I didn’t notice the kitty either until I enlarged the scan. You’re right about it needing a paint job, especially around the base. It’s possible that it’s brand-new and unfinished. I wonder if it’s also a bit older, and perhaps some shrubbery around the base was removed? To me, the house looks like the sort of Art Deco thing you might find in an episode of “Poirot”, implying the 1930s. But the scalloped edges of the snapshot strike me as newer, from the 1950s or so. What little I can see of the boys’ outfits seem newer to me, too. So maybe this young family is renovating an older house? Maybe they just moved in? It’s hard to say. And, as always, I could be way off base. 🙂

  3. Cute! I was hoping to see the lions when I saw the title of this post in my inbox, but the kids are just as nice!

    • Well, I did provide a link to the lions (or at least one of them) in the body of the description above. Click on the words “stone lions”. Does that work?

  4. The boys’ clothes could be earlier than 1950’s, but it depends on what country they’re in–I just realized that we don’t know for sure, do we?

  5. Thanks for the nice link!

    • My pleasure. Any time there’s something in my description in bold blue letters, that should be a link. Let me know if that’s not working.

  6. What wonderful drama! I absolutely love this photo. I imagine this family has a great sense of humor. And they’re cat people – that’s the icing on the cake. 🙂

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