Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Old Photos

In past posts, I have mentioned my mother died a little over 4 1/2 years ago.  My father passed away in April of this year.  One of the tasks of dispersing the remainder of their belongings was sorting through all of their old photos.  In the process, I got a glimpse of my parents’  early years and I wanted to share of few of these old photos with you.
My father was born in 1927 and surprisingly, there were quite a few photos of him as a baby, a young boy, and young man.
These are just a sampling.

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Check out that cloth diaper!

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Here he is as a young boy.IMG_2785 (C&E)
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The photo on the left was probably taken in his late teens.  I would estimate the photo on the right was taken when he was in his late 30’s.IMG_2786 (R&E)


There were no photos of my mom as a baby or young child.  She met my father when she was approximately 17 so the oldest photos I have of her would have been taken around the time they met in about 1948.

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My dad enjoyed photography as a hobby so after he met my mom,  she was the subject of many of his pictures.

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After John F. Kennedy was elected president,  people often remarked how much  my mom  resembled Jackie Kennedy.

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I love this photo  where she had written “Sadie loves Jack’ in the sand.

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She is pregnant with me in these two pictures.

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These are a few of the photos that were taken of my parents as a couple through the years.

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This is one of my favorite photos of them.

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As far as I know, this is the only picture that exists of my parents  on their wedding day.  For being newlyweds, they sure don’t look very happy, do they?

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I even found a few photos that were taken of some of my ancestors before, and right after, 1900!  My paternal grandfather is the little boy standing between my great-grandparents in the picture on the bottom left.  That is his older sister standing behind them. In the top left picture,  my grandfather wasn’t born yet.  His parents are standing on the left in the back row and  his older sister is just a baby herself in that photo.   She is  in the white dress sitting on the woman’s lap.  I don’t know how many years difference there was between my grandfather and his sister but I would estimate at least 8 or 10, which would mean that top left photo was probably taken sometime during the last decade of the 1800’s since my grandfather was born in 1903!

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While sorting through all of these old photos, there were quite a few people I could not identify. 
There are mothers and babies…

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men who look like they could be movie stars from the 1940’s…

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boy scouts and photo Christmas cards…

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bathing beauties and dances…

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and class photos…
This one really baffles me.  I have studied it and studied it.  I even used  a magnifying glass, trying to pick out someone I know.   I am positive  neither my mom or dad are in this photo.  I don’t see any aunts or uncles I recognize.  I can’t imagine what the significance of this photo would have been to my parents.

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Since I don’t know any of these people, I have no interest in keeping their pictures.  However, I hate to just throw them away.

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If you do mixed media art, or have any other use for these photos, leave me a comment mentioning you would like to have them.  I will randomly draw a name from those who are interested…if there is anyone… and then forward the pictures of  these mystery people to the person selected.


Anita said...

Sorry to hear about your parents. My mom passed away Feb 2008 she was 53...and I am now 34.. my sister & I had to go through her belongings and pictures as well seeing as my dad couldn't really handle to do it. I know.. it's bittersweet to find old pictures. Oh what I would like to ask her about them! But we are glad we have them. Blessings & thank you for sharing some of your prescious memories ~ Anita

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have the same delima. Lots of pictures of people I don't know, but I kept them anyway. It is nice that you have so many of when they were young. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Shari! Oh, I so enjoyed seeing these pictures of your parents! What lovely photos. They were both so cute. I guess we all have these kinds of photos - not knowing who the folks are!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

The Green Pea said...

Lovely and sweet pictures of your parents. I love the old black and whites. Thank you for the fun post! Blessings, sandi

Gayle said...

Hi Shari,
What a wonderful post with the pictures of your Mom and Dad.
No wonder you turned out so beautiful! Your Dad was so handsome and your mom gorgeous!
I'm sorry I haven't been posting lately, I had the swine flu..yes, the swine flu and you know the trouble I've been having with feeling down about my house. :0(
I just didn't have it in me to post anything exciting.

But, please email me and tell me what's going on with you. I saw the comment you left me and now I'm worried about you!!!

Sending big hugs,

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shari,

What lovely pictures of your mom and dad. She is beautiful, and you look so much alike. Your dad is very handsome too. I love old pictures. I know what you mean about not knowing who they are. lol

Cindy said...

Shari, Those are really beautiful photos, I'm sure you treasure them. Your mother and father are very good looking people, in fact I think your mother is much prettier than Jackie Kennedy was.
I have all of my folks old pictures, my mom passed away fifteen years ago and my dad eighteen years ago. I love the old photos that I have of them.
This was a really great post!
Hugs, Cindy S.

The Bliss Journey said...

What a treasure chest to your past. How lucky that they have been so well taken care of. Thanks for sharing.

Shabby Kim said...

What an amazing collection of photos you have of your Mom and Dad. It's wonderful to know that they saved them for all these years and that you will be able to enjoy them for many more.

Sadly my own Dad passed away when I was just 13 (almost 30 years ago) and I only have a few pictures of him. He was probably in his early 40's in them and I have none of him as a child or younger man so I really envy you for having the collection of photos of your parents that you do have. It would be a wise thing to have copies made of all of them to store for safekeeping in case something would happen to the originals.

Lisa said...

What a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Lisa

Vicki said...

These were wonderful pictures! I thoroughly enjoyed looking at them all. Your mom was so pretty and your dad so handsome! Thanks for sharing them with us. Vicki

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

My eyes went right to the front row, my right side, second girl. That looks like your mom, No?

Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful treasured photos. Doesn't it make you just ach. We get riped off when those we love die.


Mary said...

Hi Shari,
Those are wonderful photos of your parents, and I'm glad you shared them, but sorry they are gone...it's a hard thing to lose your parents, especially if you're close. My brother-in-law just gave us a big box of family pictures, and I'm thrilled to have them. Hopefully, I'll find some frames that will compliment their era, and get them on the hallway way before too long. Maybe I'll post them one day, like you did...I really enjoy seeing old photos when they are of someone I know, like looking at yours because I know you, but I agree that when you don't have a clue as to their identity, they don't have much appeal. I hope you find someone that can use them, rather than throwing them away. Thanks for sharing your family with us...I really enjoyed...and you look a lot like your parents...both of them!

Have a great day, Shari, hope to get back to emailing soon!


Loui said...

Thanks Shari, for sharing your treasured photos..
I too have become the keeper of the family stories and photos. Am in the process of copying them, and LABELING them to correspond with my family geneology.When finished, each sibling and their children will have a personal copy.
♥smiles from Denver

Bellamere Cottage said...

Hi Shari,

My heart goes out to you....I've lost both of my parents too, so I can so relate.

What a FAB-U-LOUS looking family! No wonder you're so pretty. I loved the picture of your parents at the beach. They look so happy....it sort of makes up for the not-so-happy wedding picture. Maybe the sun was in their eyes....or someone said "DON'T SMILE"..... :-)


T's Daily Treasures said...

What a blessing to have such memories! My mother-in-law passed away 4-1/2 years ago and my father-in-law 3 years ago. When my husband went through the house, he found an old tin just full of black and white photos that we never new existed. It was a wonderful find and many of the pictures are now displayed in our tv room. The picture of your mom and dad on the beach is absolutely stunning. Cherished memories!

Vivianna said...

I love your cottage; it is so lovely. Your mom was beautiful and your dad was very handsome. What lovely photos/memories of them.


Jan said...

Shari -- Loved these pictures. You are lucky to have them! Your parents were a gorgeous couple and you resemble them so much!

I've been meaning to leave a comment for you but I just hadn't gotten around to it -- I've been sick for a few weeks. Your blog is just beautiful! Hope you are doing well!

Jan Routon