OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

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Both of my parents died in 1994.

At some point in the ‘50s, ‘60s, or ‘70s, my mother had meticulously collected snapshots (most of them likely taken with an old Brownie-Kodak box camera) and put them into albums, securing them with stick-on corners. Unfortunately, the pictures are not labeled.

So here is this photo: a group of maybe a dozen people taken in the ‘40s—you can tell by the clothing and the women’s hair styles. I know from other photos that two of the people are my parents—but is that child in a frilly dress in front me? One of my cousins? Who? Nor have I (or my siblings) any clue as to who the others are. The group is standing in front of what appears to be a Plymouth (maybe) of late ‘30s, early ‘40s vintage. Somebody must have been proud of that car!

It must have been a special occasion, for the men are wearing white shirts and ties and the women seem to be “dressed up” with clumpy looking heels. Perhaps it was a wedding. They look too joyous for it to have been a funeral. Maybe a graduation? Not a family reunion, I’m sure: no one would have thought that degree of sartorial elegance necessary for just a family gathering!

Do people save such photos in this day of instant pictures—on their phones yet! Or do they share and laugh and then hit the “delete” button? Let’s hope they provide labels for the “keepers” to satisfy the curiosity of future family members!

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2 thoughts on “OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

    Dave said:
    January 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Wilma, I for one, am on-board with your comments about old photographs of our loved ones. Luckily, with our digital equipment of today, that shouldn’t happen.

    Lorie Smith Schaefer said:
    January 28, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I have crumbling albums of photos from which I have gleaned every person I recognize. Someday soon I will simply have dump the remainders into the trash. At least with pictures on Facebook the faces are tagged with names. It even makes suggestions, just in case you forget who you were dancing with.

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