|Wait For Me Daddy, Claude Dettloff, 1940|
With a little effort, it turns out the backstory of this image is fairly easy to come across.
The picture was taken on October 1, 1940 in Vancouver Canada by the American photographer Claude Dettloff.
The father, hand outstretched, was Jack Bernard. The woman with the swirling coat reaching toward the boy was Bernice Bernard. The young boy in the middle, five years old, was Warren "Whitey" Bernard.
The men were called up to serve in the Canadian army to fight in World War II.
To read more about the story behind this image click here for a brief history. For more personal accounts of Whitey, click here, here, here, or here. The family, sadly, did not remain intact after the war.
I've read reports that Dettloff was on hand to snap a picture of father and son reuniting at the end of the war. I cannot verify for sure that this is the image, but I'm fairly sure it is.
|Jack and Warren Bernard|
|Warren "Whitey" Bernard|