Monday, April 21, 2008

family photos




Before my uncle Eldie died, he and I went thru the box of family photos that had been left in my grandparent's house. He was able to identify some, but not all. I put yellow stickies on the back of the pictures with possible names. These are a few I scanned to take to Hampton to use in my projects. They are priceless to me. So often I step into an antique store and see boxes and boxes of old photos for sale. I saw hundreds in Warrenton as well. Many look just like these. I pick them up and wonder who's are these? Who are these mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers? No one will ever know. I wish I could have gotten better names on mine before Eldie had gone into the nursing home. By this time his memory was not as sharp as it had been for so many years. He was the family historian. He knew and remembered way more than my Dad. This due mainly to the fact that my Dad was born 13 years after my uncle Eldie.
The only picture I can definately identify in the mosaic, is the top left, because it is my dad's sister and brothers: Aunt Lorena, Uncle Eldie and Uncle Edmund. The handsome fellow in the bottom picture is my dad, Cleo. He has the clearest blue eyes you have ever seen.

7 comments:

Paulie said...

Oh how precious and what a gift your uncle was in helping identify some of them. Most of my photos of kids are in black pages albums with photo corners and identified by me by writing in white ink on the pages!

Came late to catch up on posts since Thursday and saw this one first. Will comment on more below.

Anita said...

You are so lucky to have such fabulous pictures! My "branch" of the family didn't have too many, and most of what we did have was lost in the tornado...

My sister's name is Lorena! :)

Daryl E said...

After my parents passed my sister and I found a box of photos ... we were saddened to realize there was no one to tell us who some of the pix were of!

Chris said...

How wonderful these pictures are! And you are so right, your Dad has the clearest blue eyes...
I can't wait to see how you use these in your work!!!

kansasrose said...

Your dad...what a hottie! Gorgeous eyes. I love it that you are doing this with family photos. I just dump mine in a box and try to get to some of them to scan and put in a scrapbook. Lovely pictures.

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

What a wonderful find you have! I love old family photos. We don't realize when we're young that the older folks have a lot of information we're eventually going to want. I think every family should have a diary of sorts, and record family history there.

A bird in the hand said...

What a treasure! And they're such beautiful photos. xoxo