17 February 2008

Family Photos

My mother has been redoing the floor to ceiling bulletin board in her kitchen - rearranging photos, deaccessioning some, adding others. It's a work in progress, a place to give family photos - old and new - a place to shine. The grandchildren love it: Look, there's me as a baby! In a pile awaiting pinning is this photo of herself with the family dog, taken in 1937. At the time, my mother was just shy of 2 years old, and the scottie in the picture appears to be bigger than she is. The dog, named Sandy, may or may not be the dog that once bit my mother on the face, scarring her for life - or so she says.

Also in the waiting stack is this charming, slightly blurry photo of her - same vintage - walking across the grass with a paper umbrella. Where was she going? What's she holding in her other hand? If I didn't know better - hey, 1937 - I'd think she was holding a telephone to her ear.

21 comments:

Rima said...

Those pictures are absolutely priceless. I love them!

Eva said...

How wonderful!

painted maypole said...

it seems unusual to me that a photo like that (the naked bum in the backyard) would be taken in 1937. i know i will miss the sight of MQ's little naked bum.

alejna said...

Those photos are so charming. And yes, her posture in the umbrella one does remind me of someone with phone to ear.

Aliki2006 said...

Those are both incredibly charming photos! I love the magic of old pictures, I really do.

flutter said...

those are so so precious!

MamaGeek said...

Magpie - THOSE are truly amazing.

the mama bird diaries said...

I just adore old photos. There is something so magical, beautiful, haunting and lovely about them.

These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

kathy a. said...

those are great photos!

i have one of my dad when he was close to 1 [holding onto a chair and about to take off toddling], looking for all the world like most of his kids and grandkids at the same age.

wheelsonthebus said...

Lovely pictures.

pootandcubby said...

What beautiful pictures!

My kiddo looks so much like me that sometimes she insists that childhood photos of me are actually of her. This wouldn't be so strange if I wasn't so much older than her in these pictures.

-andi

Mayberry said...

Absolutely fab.

Suz said...

I love old photos like this one. You're so lucky to have it.

Suz said...

I love old photos like this one. You're so lucky to have it.

Beck said...

It breaks my heart a little bit to think of all of those thousands of years of little beautiful children, beloved and forgotten to time. Such sweet pictures.

Sober Briquette said...

ah, face-biting terriers. had one of them myself.

this was a good reminder that I wanted to go over to my parents' and borrow the photo album for a scanning session.

Julie Pippert said...

Wow, what fantastic photos!

Nap Warden said...

What great pictures!

Julia said...

So sweet, both of those.

You know, we gave my grandmother a digital photo frame for her 80th. So I was thinking, since grandkids love it, reproducing the board in each of their houses isn't too bad with some digital frames and a judicious application of a scanner. Which you clearly have already started on. :)

Janet said...

It awes me how much kids enjoy seeing pictures from the past, especially those of their grandparents who seem even further removed from ever being children.

Irish Goddess said...

I love these pictures. Thanks for sharing them.