This is another negative collection box with multiple subjects.
The majority is Pahl family related, most likely on few different days. And yes, there are babies involved.
First image is misplaced, it’s the start of a horse race and we’ve seen related images prior to this blog post when Joel was at Stanford University.
Next few images are from a parade in Lodi according to Joel’s notes on the box, there is no specific date mentioned.
Joel might have known the young woman, she’s prominently photographed and all images are printed.
The next set of negatives were taken during a boat ride on the Delta.
Two more portraits of the young lady, both were printed.
The rest of the images are Pahl family related, uncle August, cousin Werne with wife Bernice and also Genevieve Brooks, wife of John Pahl.
The next few images most likely belong to a photo shoot Joel did with Werne Pahl and Bernice in Santa Cruz or Carmel. Joel photographed baby Michael multiple times in 1948. Baby Michael is present with an unknown baby companion.
From the low angle in these image, one can surmise that Joel is using a Graflex Super D SLR camera.
There are a few very interesting negatives left in this box, requiring more research in light of the subject. I’ll discuss these a bit later, when the verdict on importance for the art world is out.