This cabinet photograph taken around 1910 was probably posed for by Clifford (at left) and other family
members during the grand opening festivities of Buford T. "Gettysburg" Bell's infamous Drive Through
Dry-Goods Emporium & Hootenanny. This is the earliest surviving photograph of Clifford and was taken
when he was about nine or ten years old. Pictured with Clifford is his grandfather and patriarch of the
Bell clan Buford T. "Gettysburg" Bell. Two of Clifford's young cousins Beulah T. and Bertha T. Bell
and Clifford's uncle Boscoe T. Bell. Beulah (front, right) appears to have her finger on the switch which
was intended to start the fireworks show during the celebration. According to an old newspaper article the
resulting conflagration ended up burning Guibeau's Crawfish Palace to the ground. There has been no
love lost between the Bell and Guibeau families since 1910.

Photographer: Studio Baton Rouge
8 inches high by 5 1/2 inches wide
c. 1910
From the Secret Archives of The Noble & Antediluvian Order of
the Brotherhood of the Purple Fez