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Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: DP
Date: April 12, 2021 09:27AM
We're able to visit with my 94 yo Aunt in her room again (don't know how long that will last) at her assisted living facility and my brother and I visited this past Friday. She had been brought some old family pictures by relatives that I haven't seen in years. These relatives are descendants of my Grandfather's sister. But I have never seen these images before and my Aunt had seen them but it had been a long, long time ago.

They are images of my paternal grandparents-my Aunt is my Dad's sister-but are mostly of my Grandmother. They are in paper photo frames and my Aunt would not let me take them out of the frames as there are no dates on the front of them and I wanted to look on the backs. She worried I might rip something if they didn't come out easily, so I am guessing at the dates. Here's a few...

My Grandmother with her younger brother around 1900:



Then, her grade school graduation:



A little bit later in life, not sure of the occasion:



And with her growing family-my Grandfather, my Uncle Al, and yes, my Dad on my Grandmother's lap. This was in 1917 as my dad was born in December of '16.



An interesting thing about these images as there are none of another son born between my Uncle and my Dad. He died of diphtheria when he was 3 years old and my Aunt said that at the time, if a child that young died, they threw away any pictures as if the child had never existed. We have no pictures anywhere of my unknown Uncle although he is in the family crypt in the mausoleum.

What fun to see these images, tho, especially as I had never, ever, seen them before!

Thx for looking in...





A throwback image to celebrate Autumn.

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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 12, 2021 10:03AM
....A little maiden
climbed an old man's knee
Begged for a story
"Do, uncle, please!"
Why are you single?
Why live alone?
Have you no babies?
Have you no home?"

"I had a sweetheart, years, years ago
Where she is now, pet, you will soon know.
List to the story,
I'll tell it all
I believ'd her faithless, after the ball."

After the ball is over
After the break of morn
After the dancers' leaving
After the stars are gone;
Many a heart is aching
If you could read them all
Many the hopes that have vanished
After the ball.......




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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: DP
Date: April 12, 2021 10:16AM
Wow, Newt!





A throwback image to celebrate Autumn.

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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: Schpark
Date: April 12, 2021 10:38AM
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DP
Wow, Newt!

Agreed, really punches you in the gut.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: April 12, 2021 10:41AM
Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: robfilms
Date: April 12, 2021 11:32AM
fabulous images.

love the texture and tonal quality of the prints.

how fortunate you are to share some cherished time with your aunt.

i welcome the opportunity to record oral histories whenever i can.

what was (fill in that moment in history) like and how did it change your day to day?

when did you meet?

what were your hopes?

there is some much to learn.

my go-to phrase so there are no "yes/no" answers, "tell me more".

and they always do.

stay well.

rob
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: April 12, 2021 11:46AM
I love this place...
Thanks for sharing!!
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: vision63
Date: April 12, 2021 12:05PM
Aunts. These are great images. Were they in Detroit? That would be during that city's prime.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: DP
Date: April 12, 2021 12:18PM
Yes, in Detroit! The city was growing by leaps and bounds back then...





A throwback image to celebrate Autumn.

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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 12, 2021 12:21PM
Very nice images.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: April 12, 2021 12:32PM
Whoa! Some amazing images! So many things caught my eye, but those chairs! eye popping smiley



Mr. Lahey: A lot of people, don’t know how to drink. They drink against the grain of the liquor. And when you drink against the grain of the liquor? You lose.

Randy: What the @#$%& are you talking about?
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 12, 2021 01:08PM
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NewtonMP2100
....A little maiden
climbed an old man's knee
Begged for a story
"Do, uncle, please!"
Why are you single?
Why live alone?
Have you no babies?
Have you no home?"

"I had a sweetheart, years, years ago
Where she is now, pet, you will soon know.
List to the story,
I'll tell it all
I believ'd her faithless, after the ball."

After the ball is over
After the break of morn
After the dancers' leaving
After the stars are gone;
Many a heart is aching
If you could read them all
Many the hopes that have vanished
After the ball.......

Newt, this may be the most amazing thing you've ever posted here. Thank you.



It is what it is.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 12, 2021 01:10PM
Nice images. Can’t imagine how they managed to get both children also looking in the proper direction, but good portrait photographers are magicians.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 12, 2021 01:41PM
Quote
NewtonMP2100
....A little maiden
climbed an old man's knee
Begged for a story
"Do, uncle, please!"
Why are you single?
Why live alone?
Have you no babies?
Have you no home?"

"I had a sweetheart, years, years ago
Where she is now, pet, you will soon know.
List to the story,
I'll tell it all
I believ'd her faithless, after the ball."

After the ball is over
After the break of morn
After the dancers' leaving
After the stars are gone;
Many a heart is aching
If you could read them all
Many the hopes that have vanished
After the ball.......


.....just fyi....this is not me.....from 'Show Boat'.....I prefer the Irene Dunne version but couldn't find any footage......this is from the remake with Kathryn Grayson [ audio only ]......if you want to see rent the original 'Show Boat' in black and white with Irene Dunne......

.......I think it was a very popular song, in it's time.....



youtube of Kathryn Grayons in remake.......?!



this is sung by.......Barbara Cook [ audio is clearer ].......?!



this is the full song version [ it is a very long song ].............?!



_____________________________________

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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 12, 2021 01:59PM
Nice images, thanks for posting!

Love the clothes.

I’ve worked on some oral history projects, and going through old images is a great way to start.

It’s unfortunate when there are some great family images but nobody left that can provide context.

Also, sometimes those with dementia can recall details from early in their lives more readily than recent ones.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 12, 2021 03:39PM
my family was just up the road from yours at that time, they were in Saginaw. my Mother has an album full of old images from that time period. It took some doing but I got her to label them as no one but her knows who many of the people are.


oh, and Newt - your grandmother was a babe.



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-- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 12, 2021 04:59PM
I prefer the grade-school version, myself

After the ball was over
Granny took out her glass eye.
Stood her false leg in the corner,
Hung up her hair to dry
Put her false teeth in the tumbler
Set down her arm to lie.
Piece after piece she sorted, carefully stored was it all.
'Til nothing was left of poor Granny Dear, after oh after the ball.




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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: modelamac
Date: April 12, 2021 07:03PM
The park where we spend the winter has several music groups. I am a member of one of them. That song was part of our music program one year. Google the tune "After the Ball was Over".


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N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
NewtonMP2100
....A little maiden
climbed an old man's knee
Begged for a story
"Do, uncle, please!"
Why are you single?
Why live alone?
Have you no babies?
Have you no home?"

"I had a sweetheart, years, years ago
Where she is now, pet, you will soon know.
List to the story,
I'll tell it all
I believ'd her faithless, after the ball."

After the ball is over
After the break of morn
After the dancers' leaving
After the stars are gone;
Many a heart is aching
If you could read them all
Many the hopes that have vanished
After the ball.......

Newt, this may be the most amazing thing you've ever posted here. Thank you.



Ed (modelamac)

I think I will just put an OUT OF ORDER
sticker on my head and call it a day.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: April 13, 2021 11:20AM
smiley-signs154 What great shape these photos are in! I adore your grandmother's different outfits through the years.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: April 13, 2021 05:57PM
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DP
Yes, in Detroit! The city was growing by leaps and bounds back then...

Very neat; on a tangentially related note, I recently discovered a photo of my Great-Grandfather's restaurant in Detroit in 1919 (which I'd heard many stories of, but haven't seen before); it opened in 1918, about a block up from Hudson's on Woodward (the building still exists, and is apparently available for lease). From the pieces I've been able to piece together, it appears both my maternal and paternal Great Grandparents settled in Detroit in the mid-1910s.

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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: DP
Date: April 13, 2021 08:47PM
Of the top of my head that's at Woodward and John R. Street...

When are you coming home?





A throwback image to celebrate Autumn.

Disclaimer: This post is checked for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Any attempts at humor are solely the responsibility of the author and bear no claim that any and all readers will approve or appreciate said attempt at humor.
My name is DP, and I approve this message.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/13/2021 08:47PM by DP.
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Re: Old family pictures I've never seen before...
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: April 13, 2021 09:19PM
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DP
Of the top of my head that's at Woodward and John R. Street...

When are you coming home?

Yup - that's it (Woodward & John R); I want to get back to the area sometime in the next few years - now that I know a bit more of the family history, there are some places I want see.
If there's a highschool reunion, it'll take place in about two years - perfect excuse to make the trip...
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