Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tell-Tales Of A Photo


In the photo below are two sisters. On the left is my aunt
Annabel, next to her is my mother, Mary, 
and next to her is my oldest sister, Marilyn.

I figure this photo was taken in 1944 when my father
was overseas. These two sisters were inseparable
at this time. I am sure Mom was happy to have 
her sister near to help her through the trauma
of having a husband in the war and with being a 
mother for the first time. 
They all lived together with my grandmother.

These sisters married brothers, my father being one of them.

Dad and my aunt, Annabel, are the surviving
 members of their immediate families
and they both are now in nursing homes.


I have always liked to look at photos like this of my parents
when everything was fresh and new........
their whole lives were ahead of them.
They were young and energetic with great hopes
that life would be filled with happiness.

My Dad got back from London in 1945, 
his little baby was three years old.

They had eight more kids and the rest,
one would say, is history.

Oh the stories a single photo can tell.




25 comments:

  1. I love old photos and when I did family history research I was lucky enough to have older members of my family able to tell me stories behind some of the family photos.
    Precious memories.
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    1. Lucky you Lyn! That is the key to finding out who is who! I am fortunate that my Dad is still alive and has a good memory for faces.

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  2. Wow - you're one of nine Jim? That's a big family!
    I like old photos too and have a good collection from my grandparents and my parents early days.
    It's lovely to see them in the prime of their lives.

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    1. Yes Craig it was a BIG family. At one point there were 13 of us when my grandmother and uncle lived with us! Oh, and one bathroom!!

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  3. You are so right, Jim, photos certainly do tell a story! It's always fun to go through old pictures and reminisce about earlier times and peoples' stories. And to remember individuals that are no longer with us.

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    1. It can be a lot of fun Martha....especially seeing how we looked when we were young....not to mention our parents!

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  4. I so love your old photos and your stories!

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    1. I get inspiration from you Mitch! You do such a good job when you reflect on the past through photos.

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  5. I love how old photos bring back memories and old stories that are enough to fill volumes. (aside - My mother and two of her sisters, married my father and two of his brothers)

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    1. Then Sharon you must have a few of what I call 'double-first cousins'.....closer, genetically, than regular first cousins.

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  6. What a loving photo of sisters and a small child. I love these old photos too and that's why I now post them to my blog every now and then. Everyone seems to like to see them as well, I guess they evoke memories of times gone by that people like. Your new header reminds me of a photo I took of a bird, similar to that in Marina del Rey, CA, some years ago. It had a palm tree next to it. Have a good day.

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    1. Yes Inger these old photos are filled with interest on so many levels.
      Now a palm tree would really look good in my header! lol

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  7. I, too, love old photos of generations past. I can look into their eyes and see future generations. I see my mother in the face of my sister, my grandfather in a cousin. I sit side-by-side with members of my generation and see the uncles, brothers, and mothers of a past generation. Ironically, I can't find my face in any of them and have come to the conclusion that what my sister told me was true: You were adopted. Haha!

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    1. LOL! Liz, you are so funny! It is fun to sit back at family gatherings and 'see' similarities in so many!!

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  8. Such a lovely vintage photo, Jim! I just love old photos like this. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Linda. It is my pleasure to share these tidbits with you all.

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  9. There is something magical about looking at these old photos. I have alot of them from both sides of my family, and can spend hours looking into the faces of these people with my magnifying glass. Great post Jim and fun hearing this history.

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    1. Thanks Jeanne. Yes, this is just one story from many as you can imagine. I am so happy that I spent time with my maternal grandmother listening to her stories. It was these that gave me a 'picture' of what it was like back in those 'war times'.

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  10. PS, like your new header photo

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    1. Thanks. It was one of those unplanned shots that turned out OK.

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  11. A pictures worth 1000 words! How stirring this war time photo is, as you said when life was fresh and new.

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    1. Hi Mick! A picture is worth so much, as you say. Good to see you Mr.Set Decorator!! How's the latest production going?

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  12. I love old family photos and the stories they tell.

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    1. Me too Pat. I could spend hours doing this, going through old picture/photo albums.

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  13. Don't you find it odd sometimes to see our elders as young ones,
    a part of their live we never got to know, but only heard about?!?...
    :D~
    HUGZ

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