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This column took a break last week for the Memorial Day holiday, but the prior week's question was "What is Happening in this Photo?"
The photo Amy Frey guessed a Veterans' Day fair. Someone else thought the photo was taken behind Old Hall High, which is now Town Hall, and perhaps was an early Celebrate West Hartford or a high School graduation.
"King of WeHa" commented, "It is definitely an American Legion post or booth at a Memorial Day fair of some kind" He added, "When our country entered the Great War in 1917, 314 young men from West Hartford answered their country's call to service and went off to war in France. Twenty-three of these young men did not come back. Of these, two have come to symbolize the rest - Waldo C. Hayes and Francis B. Velhage for whom our Post is named."
Rick Liftig thought the photo was taken on Memorial Day 1948.
All that is actually much more information than was provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. The official answer: "The American Legion Post 96 was often at events selling food at booths like this one. They now have a new home in Blue Back Square."