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The Long Haul

July 2024
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Merritt Ierley of Teaneck, New Jersey, writes: “One summer day in 1892, in Yonkers, New York, Chester Webb posed for the camera in a wagon that his cousins Fred Webb and Walter MacNab were pretending to pull. Snap. In 1908, when Walter was twenty-six, his cousins came by, and somebody thought of re-creating the photograph. So a wagon was found and Chester dutifully hopped in. Snap. Twenty-seven years later, a dour Chester again did his duty, but by 1952 he seemed to be enjoying the tradition. Six years after that the cousins—now in their seventies—posed once more. Snap … for the last time. The pictures came to light after the death of Walter’s daughter—my mother, Margaret Ierley. They offer a look at life changing and yet not changing—and at the little boy that is in every man.”

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