Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Since I posted the last crop of photos, I decided it was time to make good on my threats to get organized - at least where pictures are concerned. For the last 2-3 days, I have sorted, labelled and dated over 1,000 photos, and I am not done yet. (Can anyone tell me how the typeface can change like that when I did nothing to make it happen? What an aggravation that is!)

The top photo is another unknown - but what happy little cuties they were. And look at the filagree border around the pic. Isn't it great? Years ago there was a restaurant here in Raleigh named Ragamuffins. Their logo was three such kids, and I suspect had they seen this photo, they would have used it. I did note something even funnier in it. There is a saying: "You must be a red-neck if you have upholstered furniture on your porch". I guess they did it in the 20's and 30's too....LOL.


The picnic looks like fun, and again, I have no clue as to the identity of anyone in the pic. You have to laugh at the guy in the three-piece-suit, complete with tie and hat. Did they always dress up for picnics back in the day? It must have been nice sitting in a field of daisies.



The handsome guy below is my paternal grandfather (adoptive). Love the hair parted in the middle (not). My mom always said that men who parted their hair down the middle looked like "Ned in the First Reader". That was her elementary school book, and Ned was the main character. Too bad she didn't keep a copy of that!

This is the flip side of the portrait. I am always fascinated by the calligraphy and graphics used in those days. Certainly nothing current is even remotely as attractive.

During the next several weeks, I will be posting more of these, and I hope you will enjoy them. I might even sneak in an old pic or two of me (which I'm sure you're dying to see....LOL).
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24 comments:

rosemary said...

I have three large tote boxes of these same kinds of pictures, postcards, letters, cards, tintypes that are fading, certificates that all belonged to my parents. No names on the back, very few dates, no one left to identify where or when...but they are fun to look at. Many are from Ohio, others from Virginia.

ET said...

Judy,
Great pictures! I am looking forward to seeing more.

claude said...

I wish I were as organised as you are! I have hundreds and photos and slides, but I am so busy taking more photos that I can't be bothered to scan them! It takes forever.

As for the typeface change, maybe if you turned on the coded version or whatever they call it on blogger, you'd be able to remove the strong tags that inserted themselves and that give you this boldtype paragraph.

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy! I've been missing your posts a few days, and just caught up. Congrats on your blogiversary!! Yaaayy!! Let there be cake.

I love the blonde jokes. My blonde sister sent me that one... but not the cartoon.

And, cool photos. I agree on the presentation of olde, there's no such romance with digital photography. But, you can make up for it with the ease of sharing.

I hate the typeface thing, had that happen and gave up after a half hour of fiddling. I do thing the 'strong' tags did it, but I didn't want to remove them from every.freaking.line.

Seamus said...

Judy, these are wonderful! And, yes, we are dying to see the pics of you!!! I like how the old photo prints are identified to the studio that took them!

Carolyn said...

Neat! Isn't it funny how we can look at each other's old photo collection of our respecitve families, and still think we recognize someone that looks like someone in our own?

Laura said...

I love old photos like this! It always makes me wonder what times were like back then, and sometimes I wish I had known some of the people in the old photos that I'll come across from time to time. I'd LOVE to see photos of you!

Now here's a question. Almost everytime I come across old black and white photos from the 30's and 40's there's usually at least one photo of a young boy on a horse, even if they lived in the city! I wonder if it was a trend back then to get your son's picture taken on a horse? LOL. Let me know if you come across any photos like that.

You've taken on a big task in organizing all these photos. Good luck and much patience! I'll send you mine when you're done. ;)

And a big congrats on your second bloggiversary!!! Here's to the next 365!

Raggedy said...

Great pictures.
I just loved the one of the happy little boys.

Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Anonymous said...

These are lovely pictures and really give a flavour of society whne they were taken. I love that people dressed up for occassions adn that something as simple as a picnic could be an occassion. I think we take things for granted too much these days.

I loved the calligraphy also. Beautiful!

Alan G said...

Like the old ones...keep 'um coming!

Hollered at Ginnie by the way to give you a visit.

Beverly said...

I love those. In my next life, I'm going to get all my old photos scanned and sorted.

Ginnie said...

Hi Kenju: Alan gave me your message. I love the photos...is the one of your relative a daguerrotype? My son-in-law has a large collection of those and they are great...usually not as clear as the one you show.
I think that you are located just a mere hour from me...I am about 60 miles south of Raleigh. All the best. Ginie

vicki said...

Judy, are you absolutely certain that's not MY maternal grandfather? Hmmm.

Your room is reserved; bring scanner. As my good friend, also Judy, from BCMA and I write on postcards: Weather is here, wish you were beautiful!

Happy, happy anniversary and thanks for sharing all of your humor and photos and stories and flowers- your life- with us!

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy, Merle passed on the message that you couldn't get my site to load sometimes, I have done a bit of editing to simplify it's task, hope it will load now for you... It's perfect at this end of course so I can't tell from here.

No_Newz said...

Those photos are awesome! And this is a huge project you are undertaking, but is going to be so well worth it when you are done. Good luck with the others.

Angie said...

I love all of these. Even when we do not know who is in these old images there is a story in the photos.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I love old pictures, as you know Judy...these are so wonderful! I especially love that picnic picture...and yes, I think they did dress up like that back then...maybe these were his "relaxed" dress-up cloths...?
And, I would love to see pictures of you as a little girl/young woman/...whenever! I look forward to more....

Anonymous said...

Love your vintage photos! I have been to Raleigh! Worked at RTP for a month, about 10 years ago! Such a small world.

claude said...

I love watching these old photos.
At least, in your photos, one can see the people's faces. In a lot of my photos from the fifties, faces are hardly bigger than a pinhead and you cannot make out what people look like.

colleen said...

The part down the middle came back when I was growing up and then when my sons were. The upostered couches are back too...mostly with the college aged.

srp said...

Those three little boys are adorable... the two on either end look as if they could be twins!

And you grandfather is quite the handsome fellow.

I read somewhere that one of the reasons people always seemed to have no personality or had frowns on their mouths in the old photos was to try and get a sharp picture. The exposure times were so long it was hard for the subject to hold a smile still than it was to have no expression or frown. Who knew!

Maria said...

Love the photos.

I have the same problem with type changing size unless I leave a line of space between the photo upload characters and the first line of writing.

PI said...

Wonderful evocative photos Judy. I look forward to more. They were much mor formal in those days and hats seem to be worn at all times.

Shephard said...

OMG, the first photo is adorable!

Judy, I have trouble with blogger and fonts all the time. But you're the second person I've seen have this issue. Another mystery, I guess.

I love these old photos.
~S :)