The family below is celebrating, what appears to be, a very formal Christmas. Look how stiff the father is … he happens to be Edwin Denby, Secretary of the Navy. The 10-year-old boy in this photo — super excited to get the rifle — is Edwin Denby, Jr. On February 11th, 1942, he was killed when his submarine, the USS Shark, was hit by a depth charge and sunk.
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. “Denby Christmas tree.” Junior remembers this as the best Christmas ever! His gun-giving dad is Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby. National Photo Company glass negative.