Photographs held by family members hold a great deal of social history information especially if accompanied by stories passed down the generations.
These shots may never have been taken had the photographer not had tuberculosis around 60 years ago. While a resident in a sanitorium, a variety of occupational therapies were made available to him and other patients. I never saw the results of his basket weaving skills but these photographs warrant due attention and much respect.
I love their composition, candidness and captures of the moment, especially as they were more than likely taken with a Box Brownie, the most popular available camera in the early 1950s.