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Monday, December 05, 2005

Here's a real blast from the past

These couple is my great-grandparents on my dad's side. It was probably taken about the same time as the older picture of my Uncle Jim (their oldest son) with all his fiddles and other stringed instruments. I would imagine he took the picture. They both lived far into their 90's and were married one month shy of 75 years when one died and then the other.

I never knew them. They had 7 or 8 kids altogether. Some I never met; others like my uncle I knew very well. Tim had the photo in his album and sent it over to me. I don't want to inundate you with family history but I did want to get it on here. Originals have a way of getting lost and this one may be irreplaceable. Posted by Picasa


ipodmomma said...

I just love old pictures... we have a bunch from Peter's mom, Germans who are long gone. Oma went through them with J, so J knows who most of them are...

I like the picture of you too... :)))

nancytoby said...

Woo, they look TOUGH! Like Granny ought to have a shotgun across her lap!!

You must be a valuable blogger to get a real reply! I couldn't get anyone to send me anything but a standard pre-written reply when a post of mine disappeared one day, when I wasn't even near the computer!

Gawdessness said...

Maybe I will hear from blogger soon, wait I would have to be able to easily access my email for that, so never mind.

Glad that it was simple. I was worried that it was something malicious.

Love the picture.
It is so wonderful to hear about the real people behind the photo.
That is what brings history alive for me.

Granny said...

back in those days, they were the pillars of society. Remember Queen Victoria? You're right though; all the pictures from those times look just like that. If they smiled, their faces would break and it didn't look like they liked each other very much. 75 years?

Andrea said...

I have a bunch of these and I treasure them. I have on of my grandpa as a baby with his dad. IT is one of those glass plate ones. I treasure it.
I hope your kids realize that pictures importance.

granny p said...

Gee. Didn't grannies really look like grandmothers then. Scary.

Lindsay Lobe said...

They look remarkedly serene and composed to me.

In those days I understand it took some time in setting up prior to taking the picture and hence the momentary smile was usually absent.

Living into their 90's is remarkable, and I would be interested to know the reason for their longevity. Fresh air and physical work ?
I think raising and feeding a family in those times would have been difficult !!
I am interested to hear more about them !!

Mary P. said...

I was told that the lack of smiles in old photos was because pictures then took upwards of a minute to take. You simply couldn't hold a smile that long, so people sat still (and stern).

What I notice is how far apart her knees are. In our day, that's really unladylike! Is it just because skirts are short now?

ancient one said...

Thanks Ann, For showing me where these pictures are. I love looking at old pictures even if I don't know anyone... I go through the old pictures in flea markets just hoping I will see someone I know...LOL