Love in the 90s
Keri Pickett

In 1928 Josie Lou Lydia Walker was thirty-two years old. Everyone assumed she would be a spinster. She had grown up poor in Oklahoma, worked her way through college, and been ordained as a minister, traveling from Oklahoma to Kentucky to Missouri setting up religious education programs. World War I veteran B.B. Blakey, co-owner of a Tulsa, Oklahoma hardware store, was thirty-three and had broken off an engagement with a local beauty. Having second thoughts, he went to Eni, Oklahoma to see her at the home of friends and one Josie Walker opened the door. B.B. and Josie would write over seven hundred letters to each other over the next year and a half as they fell deeply in love. Now this wonderful exchange of writing is documented by their granddaughter, award-winning photographer Keri Pickett.