Wishing! That this could be a Disfarmer photo. John Cantwell Searcy AR

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

John Cantwell, Graham Patton, Disfarmer, young boys Searcy AR

Disfarmer type picture of young boys.

This delightful picture was contributed by Anita Hart Fuller who found it in the things that her mother, Corinne Hart, had saved.  It has names on the back.  John Cantwell, Graham Patton.  It does not say which is which, however.  And one of them looks like a girl and they both look as if they are happy and having fun.  I remember a John Cantwell who lived in Searcy and was once a real estate agent in the same office that I worked in.  I think the taller one in this picture is John.  

Now lets discuss Disfarmer, the now-famous photographer who lived in Heber Springs.  His subjects were like this in that they had on clothes that might be dirty and wrinkled.  If you are not familiar with Disfarmer, google him and read a fascinating history of the man.  He posed the subjects in front of a blank wall with a bare floor and he did not ask them to say, "Cheese."  The subjects are mostly from around Heber Springs and few of them have happy smiles like these kids have, which makes them probably not a Disfarmer.  BUT, Anita and I think that if it was a Disfarmer, we'd be wealthy because the Disfarmer portraits are worth LOTS of money!

We can dream!  

Comments (6)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Love the picture Barbara S. Duncan . I have to say I've seen many pictures like it up here in North Dakota and in MN. Many families only had one or two sets of clothes back then, work clothes and Sunday clothes.

Feb 10, 2018 02:40 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Bob, you know what?  We probably were better off with fewer clothes.  Who needs a special huge closet to hold all the clothes!  Thanks for the comment.

Feb 10, 2018 05:03 PM
Suanne Riddle

John Cantrell lived in Searcy, his daughter,Janis was in class of ‘64, He worked at A.P&L and his first wife was Opal. They lived on Fairview and hwy 16, the house was removed for the new bypass. He did sell real estate later in life.

Feb 10, 2018 08:26 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Suanne, which one do you think is John?

Feb 11, 2018 05:43 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have been thoroughly entrenched in watching the Ken Burn's series, "The Roosevelts" via Netflix streaming.  That photo is so reminiscent of scenes in those films.

Feb 11, 2018 02:59 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Myrl, don't the kids look happy!  

Feb 13, 2018 05:33 AM