Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Do You Know These People?

Do you know these people? Because I don't, but I'd like to! I found these photos in my mom's desk and true to form, they were neither dated nor named. Some of the clothing and the cars appear to be from the 1920's.

I do know the woman in the center, with the guy in the white shirt. She was my mom's sister, and the guy was obviously one of her boyfriends. He looks too old for her, but he may have been prematurely bald....LOL... Check out the old guy in the lower right corner. That's a fox skin hanging on the shed to his right. Perhaps that old hound was responsible for flushing out the fox. The dude on the lower left looks a lot like my dad, but it isn't. He fancies himself quite the gay blade (as they said back then), holding his Homberg hat, foot propped on the running board of what was undoubtedly a fine car back then.


Too bad these photos weren't dated and named. For the sake of your decendants, don't make that mistake. Always date and name the people in the photos. Too bad that I haven't followed my own advice; but I have that on my list of things to do when I retire.....

20 comments:

Heather said...

That's why I like scrapbooking. It will give my kids a historical record of our family. And it's fun to play with all that colored paper! :D

Trudie said...

Hi! I sometimes write the year on the back of the pix, but now it's all digital and who knows what year it was, unless I set up a new folder for each group - not a bad idea. LOL

srp said...

I found a whole book of these pics. I have told my mom to make a legend to go along with each page so we know who, what, etc. She knows but rattles off the names and I don't have a clue as to who she is talking about.

I've noted that her father (my grandfather) never smiled in a picture. He is always standing straight, stiff and tall, with his hat in his hand and not a smile anywhere for miles.

Jamie Dawn said...

I love old family photos. After a bad fall while she was in the hospital, one of my great aunt's homes was broken into, and all of her old photos, even those hanging on the walls, were stolen. We were just sick over it.
I am in Winston-Salem and I will blog about it over the next couple of days. I really love the Carolinas. Just beautiful!

FTS said...

I started trying to trace my ancestry a couple of years ago but hit some dead ends and never went back. This reminds me that it's still sitting there on my back burner.

Blond Girl said...

I'm with Heather. I love to scrapbook. Now if I could just find the time and space to get it done!

There is a website dedicated to old photos without names, dates, etc. It's called "look at me" and Geekwif first showed it to me. I don't have the exact URL, but its probably lookatme.com or you could google the term. You might enjoy it.

Hope your having a lovely day!

Blond Girl said...

Ask and thou shalt recieve!

I did some googling (I love to google) and I found it!

It is: http://www.moderna.org/lookatme/

Enjoy!

Barbara said...

I love old pictures and found this blog. Today's picture is a little different but look at previous days. http://www.bighappyfunhouse.com/

Jennifer said...

When I traced my family tree for my father a few years back, I was awed by the number of people who had scarcely heard of me, but who were willing to send me boxes and boxes of old family photos. Imagine my thrill when almost all of them came not only with names and dates, but with stories about each person, written out in longhand from the perspective of memory. It was a beautiful thing, I have to say.

franchini said...

Hi. Michele sent me on this occasion but I know I have been here before. My dad is busy labelling old photos in his spare time. It must be so frustrating not to know who they are.

Maria said...

I loved the photos and I too, have many of my parents old albums..some with names, but even when they have names, I have no idea who they are. My fear is that none of my children will be interested in family history and these photos will be lost forever. Sad,but true.

vicki said...

Yes, the taxidermy is good. But most of all, I want that dress on the woman upper right. That is stunning. I'm imagining it to be linen...Thanks for the fine visuals, Judy.

colleen said...

I try to write on the backs of photos because I have so many like the ones you posted to try and figure out. I want to post some someday as well. I miss my scanner...but am having fun. I just got back from the White Mountains in NH, visiting my mother's German kin. We visited her aunt who is 94 and we looked at lots of old photos too. This part of NH looked a lot like parts of Virginia but the mountains are much more dramatic.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

The guy in the lower left is Kid Hatfield. The guy on the lower right is Babe McCoy. They were partners in rum-running before NASCAR bought them out.

(Did you figure out I don't have a clue?)

Mary said...

I am always buying up old photos that I see in antique stores and flea markets. It's weird to see them left behind, nameless and alone. Some of them are sad, some are cute, and some are funny. You should check out Found magazine. I think they have a website.

Paul said...

Hmmm...looks a lot like some of the folks from Pancake Flats--today!

Anyway, great advice.

chatty said...

My mom has quite a few pictures just like this. Some are labled some are not. I find them so fascinating. These pictures are great.

Michele sent me again.

panthergirl said...

Well you already know how much *I* love old photos and these are no exception! I'm fairly lucky in that my mother did label most of her photos. (I'm cracking up at OHS's comment about the Hatfields and the McCoys. And I was going to mention Found Magazine too!)

Weary Hag said...

I always found it sad when my mom would whip out her old photo albums, completely unable to name half the folks in the pictures. We girls (me and three sisters) finally convinced her to title and date her current photos so she wouldn't have such a hard time. Years later, we discovered that she was misnaming our children in their baby pics... calling my niece by my daughter's name, etc. We had many good laughs about it and always corrected them as we went along, but it IS so important to identify your subjects.
There is a website and magazine called "found.com." They feature hundreds of photos such as these, also love notes, trinkets, etc, found in abandoned apartments and old chests. You'd like it.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures. I also have some with not names or dates, and I know I'm related to the people some how. They could be good prompts for a fictional family history. Give it a try.