13 November 2020

Published November 11, 2020 by rochellewisoff


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The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“The final Yuletide of the 19th century is upon us. What will the 20th hold? Perhaps we women will be allowed to vote.” Maud settled back against her pillows. “We’ll make it happen.” Light snow fell past her window. Nearby carolers sang, “Silent Night.”

Her latest illustration sat unfinished on her easel.   

“Salutations, my little masterpiece.” She studied the infant in her arms. “I daresay those dark blue eyes shall turn brown. What a dear subject you’ll make, my Humphrey baby.”

“Humphrey baby indeed. Come to Papa, my son.” Maud’s husband Belmont lifted the child. “Merry Christmas, Humphrey Deforest Bogart!

Click to know more about Maud

90 comments on “13 November 2020

  • A wonderful little story. I’d heard that Bogie started out as a baby model but have never seen the pictures, thank you. You never know. BTW, I’m currently trying to”win” Nanowrimo and doing well so far — just over 18K words. A lot of schlock, of course, but lots of new charactization and plot points that I think I can work with, come December and January. And February and March, etc 😅 Had one like that turn into a published novel before, some years ago, so there’s hope. Just wanted to say that by the time I’m done with the day’s work, my brain can’t handle even 100 words. So hopefully I’ll be back in a few weeks.

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    • Dear Genia,

      First, I retrieved your twice commented comment from my trash bin. Not sure it went there. At any rate, I go to look there often as a few peeps end up discarded by WP. Not sure why. It sounds like you’re quite busy. Best wishes on NaNoWriMo. Don’t know if I’ll ever try it myself. 😉 For the moment I’m in author stasis re novel writing. Wrote two within the past 3 years and waiting for the right publisher.
      Thank you re my story and a belated happy birthday to you. 😀




  • Just read the bio you linked to – a very interesting woman, and with her accents of purple as she did her art, I can understand why you’d like her 😉 Very sad that when she died she was called “housewife” and not artist! Well, she’ll always have Paris… Great story.

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  • Fascinating story and history lesson as ever. As someone who has always thought the practice of women taking men’s names is sexist and wrong, I really smiled to know about Maud’s story. I learn something new every day! Great slice of life.

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    • Dear Anne,

      When my husband and I married in 1971, the rabbi told me I could keep my maiden name. I opted not to because Wisoff is so often misspelled and mispronounced. I used to tell Jan I married him for his name. Isn’t it ironic I took it back in hyphenated form when I started writing. Wisoff definitely sounds more Jewish than Fields. Thank you.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    She was an avant-garde woman, for sure! I love how you have brought her to life with your 100 words. Thank you for the link. Fascinating woman. I’m disappointed Humphrey didn’t make sure she was more than a housewife…

    Shalom and lotsa recognized love,


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    • Dear Dale,

      Apparently Humphrey’s relationship with his mother wasn’t warm and fuzzy. It is a shame he didn’t point out that she was more than a housewife. What a talent she had. Thank you for your kind words re my story.

      Shalom and lotsa affirming hugs,



  • Dear Rochelle,

    You’ve done it again with your huge ability to magic a little snapshot of a star in the making, while making a pertinent point with regard to the prevaling attitudes of the time. And I did so love Humphrey Bogart.


    All best wishes,

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    • Dear Sarah,

      So good to see you on my purple page as it was to see you face to face for a chinwag yesterday. 😀 I so enjoy those. Thank you for a magically affirming comment. I loved Bogie, too. Often imitated but irreplaceable.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    It’s only too easy to forget that “tough guys” had mothers who doted on them too! A snapshot of history you’re only too good at capturing, my friend, looking at Bogey through a mother’s eyes “Here’s looking at you kid!”


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  • Fascinating. I had always heard Humphrey Bogart got his start in a baby food advertisement, but never knew about his talented mother.
    Thank you so much for the story, the info and for being in charge of this creative group.

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    • Dear Mary,

      I’d always heard that he was the original Gerber baby and his mother did the portrait. That part wasn’t true. But she did use him as a model and she was a gifted illustrator.
      Thank you for your kind words. It’s so nice to see part of the original fictioneers back in the FFFold. 😉



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  • Humphrey Bogart had parents? Who knew? I love Humphrey Bogart movies, especially the ones with Lauren Bacall, but I know little about his personal life and nothing about his parents. It’s a travesty that the publishers owned Maud’s artwork and “unceremoniously destroyed” it.

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  • Rear Rochelle,

    Thanks for the background. I didn’t know that his mother was a suffragette. Bogart was truly an original. He was one of my father’s favorites. I read about his kindness to Gene Tierney who suffered from mental illness when they were co-starred in a movie. He was truly one of the silver-screen’s greatest talents.


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      • Querida Rochelle,
        I never watched t v or went to movies or listened to music as a child. My parents didn’t allow it. HUH … YUP – so, I missed out on knowing stars and singers. I really, really wanted to be a hippie. I am now … I don’t wear a bra since the pandemic. LOLOL GOTCHA !!!! que bueno es sonreir.
        Que pases los dias contenta con su enamorado. Abrazos y Carino,
        Isadora 😎 💜 🌈


  • Things have changed and are changing. Great way to share info. Enjoyed both versions there Rochelle and the link was a rabbit hole worth traveling down. Lovely connection and paintings. You and your historical tidbits. Another inspiring story about a fascinating woman who was ahead of her time. I loved it.


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