Friday, January 3, 2014

Fifty Fridays #43? or #1?

It is Friday and I am reviving my commitment to post old photos from the virtual shoebox.  When I mentioned to my older son that I would be reviving these posts his eyes lit up.

"Another year's worth?"  he asked. 
"Well, more like finishing off the fifty, so maybe only another 8 photos to go." I said.
"Oh." he said.

Sensing disappointment, I am going to go out on a limb and try to get all of 2014's Fridays filled in.  And so I set to work choosing a photo for today.  I fell at the first hurdle with the online storage site unavailable this morning.  Reneging on a promise this early in the year would not be a good omen, I think.  The real shoebox came out and I just made photos of photos - the fuzzy quality adds to the nostalgia.  Here are three that I really liked and had completely forgotten.  

Me...sometime in 1969.  It is either just before or just after I got married.  I remember the hat and the dress which I made myself.  Somewhere, lying on a chair, will be a royal blue wool cape with purple satin lining that I also made. The hat is a gorgeous white felt affair that I absolutely had to have.  We still wore hats then.  Those were the days!

These are the three sisters: me on the right; my younger sister Roz on the left; and youngest, Mary, in the middle.  This photo was taken at a family gathering for my Mom's 60th birthday.  We are at my brother's house which is newly built and yet to be landscaped.  Not sure whose gifts we are inspecting.  I am holding a quilt that I made as a housewarming gift.  Don't we all look happy?  And so young!

And, this one, I just love.  Remember the 'children's table'?  When I was a kid, every big family dinner had one.  Adults sat at the formal dining table and the kids at a smaller table.  Sometimes, it was a card table placed in the dining room.  Or, like this event, it was at the kitchen table.  These are all the cousins - minus the two older ones who got to sit at the big table.  Taken in 1990, this would have been a Christmas dinner with the whole family.  I love the expressions on the kids' faces and their various eating styles.  Talk about a candid shot!

I'm diving back into that box of photos now.


Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I totally remember the kids table! My extended family is very large and every Christmas the adults would crowd around my grandparents' huge dining table (about 20 of them) while us 25 or so cousins sat at the kitchen table. It was a big farmhouse - HUGE - but there never seemed to be enough room!

Love your photos, especially the first one. You were gorgeous!

Mimi said...

Yup, I remember the kids' table too! They look happy to be there, and they have napkins with, I think, holly stamped on them! Cool!
Love the other 2 photos also, you were talented with your hands even then. That outfit looks beautiful, and I can just imagine how fab it was with the shawl.
I'm delighted to see you reviving the 50's Friday!

Joyful said...

Awesome old photos :-)

Anonymous said...

It is fun again to look at the past with you, great photos.

Paws on the Run said...

Glad to see you back. I've missed you!

Empty Nester said...

No kids table for us. Since I was an only child until I was 12, I got to sit at the table with the grown ups. How exciting the conversations must have been. LOL Even when we adopted my three brothers (they were 9, 10, 11 and I was 12) we still all sat together. When the entire family got together it was more like a buffet type thing. I always enjoy seeing your 'blast-from-the-past' photos!


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