Meanwhile Walt and Bert are happy newlyweds. Here they are in the front seat of an automobile—but it does not belong to them. That’s their pal Mary on the running board, and this car belongs to Mary’s sister who is fancy and who married up. Walt loves this car—she’s a real beauty. Immediately following this photo Walt pokes around under the hood because his dad was an RCA machinist who taught Walt the mechanics of internal combustion engines, how to repair his own automobiles, and so forth.
But back to Mary. She and Bert go way back. As a child, Mary and her family lived across the street from the crazy Old Woman. In fact, Mary was right there in the living room playing with Bert’s sister Jenny the stormy night when Bert was left on the Old Woman’s doorstep. A baby! Left on a doorstep in the beating rain! Mary couldn’t get over it.
Mary’s home life was much more stable, but she craved the silliness associated with red-headed Jenny and smart-as-hell Bert, and so they stayed fast friends well after the crazy Old Woman and the whole works moved from Mary’s street.
A few months before this photo was taken Mary married Bill, a handsome Italian fella from a large family. Mary and Bill purchased a home on—get this—Danenhower Street, situating them directly next door to Jenny’s disapproving Italian mother-in-law. Christ, the giggles they have over that one.
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