Despite the blemish near my grandfather’s face, I love this photo. I consider it the American Gothic of my family photo album. The people in the photo are my paternal grandparents, Jessie M. and Harry A. Lehmer. It was taken in 1920, a few months before the birth of their first child, Walter B. Lehmer, my father. I believe it was taken at the rear of the house they lived in at the time, at 1901 Third Avenue in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Photo from Walter B. Lehmer collection. Posted on Flickr by lwlehmer.