Cake is becoming a sub-theme

In 1959 Alfred and Clara Ranum celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at their home in Viking, Minnesota. And what an elaborate cake!

Copyright © Maynard and Betty Ranum

Cake seems to have been a running theme, cake and coffee. Coffee shows up often in the photos, a part of every day life. Cakes, though, cakes tell how important the event was – at least to the people in the pictures. Big cakes, small cakes, fancy frosted or imaginatively shaped cakes.

A small but interesting detail: note how well the black and white film captured the flames atop the candles, despite the flash photography.