Thursday, June 10, 2010

Vintage Photo Thingie Thursday

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WHEW! Sorry! I am forever at the tail end of Vintage Thingie Thursday! And I must apologize again, it will probably be tomorrow before I can visit everyone.

Here's my favorite family photo from my father's side of my family. The young girl in the very center of the photo is my dad's mother, my grandmother. Oh gosh, I was thinking she was one of nine children but I just counted them all and she was one of ten. Wow! Didn't know that. I met one or two of her sisters when I was very young but that's all and I don't recall her ever talking about any of the others to me.




My father told me the following two are her graduation photos from "Finishing School". I'm guessing these are circa something like 1890? I do know that she received her credential/certificate/papers (???) to be a teacher - I found a note on a piece of paper with her grades and stating that she was qualified to now become a teacher.



33 comments:

  1. Graduation photos sure have changed a lot.

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  2. As it is said, time does change things. You may be a little late, but still shared a great VTT showing. I love seeing old family photos.

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  3. Hi Postcardy!
    Yes, they sure have, haven't they?! :) Lots of finery going on back then.
    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  4. Hi VTT!
    I hate being late. I think I need to admit to myself that doing Rednesday and VTT are too much for me, two days in a row. WAH!
    So glad you enjoyed the photos. Kicking myself! I sure wish I had asked questions earlier - my father is losing his memory now.
    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  5. Beautiful old photos. I love the group photos of the time. If you study them you can learn a lot about the behavior. Most children then were rather well behaved but most don't look very happy. I love the woman's clothing. Can you imagine wearing dresses all the time?
    These are great family photos. You're lucky that you have them.
    Your great- grandmother looks tired. I would be too after 10 children.
    Great post!

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  6. Hi farmlady!
    You're so right, I haven't found any with smiling children yet that I can think of. And I know, my great grandmother looks like a sour puss doesn't she?! I have a photo of just her and she looks even crankier. Sure hope she wasn't a crabby pants in real life, poor thing.
    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  7. Your grandmother was a stylish young lady. With medicine and pain management being what it was in 1890, I'be crabby too after 10 children. Imagine the pain of a toothache.

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  8. Hi viridian!
    You're absolutely right, life was no picnic back then.
    My Aunt (married to my dad's brother), told me that my great grandfather was a "gentleman farmer", so I gather they had some land and some money for those days. So that's how my grandmother was able to wear such fancy things and go to school. That did not last into her own life though, no more life of pretty things and position.
    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  9. Viridian, great pictures!!! I love the dress and that you found papers with the picture, what great history...I swear, I think I was born in the wrong era...I so wish I would have been back in that time...it is such a romantic time for me!! Loved looking at your photos! Have a great VTT!

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  10. Those are such beautiful pictures of your grandmother. Wow, what a wonderful dress and hat in her graduation pictures! You're so fortunate to have these, and thanks for sharing them!

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  11. What lovely photographs. So nice that you have these images of your grandmother in her youth.

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  12. Oh I just love those old photos. They are amazing. I just love the clothes. Blessings DE

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  13. What lovely pictures! That's one very ornate hat she is wearing. Very interesting.

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  14. Those are beautiful vintage photos--what treasures!

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  15. Whenever I see photos of large families I always picture a setting like the show from long ago, The Waltons. I always picture a big old house full of lots of laughter and love, and a few tears too I suppose. A crowded house seems so ideal to me - everyone sharing everything...all of the time...always together.

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  16. Sally, I love the photos. She was a beautiful and stylish woman. My mom was one of 10 children and I have a photo of all of them when they were grown. You gave me the idea to share it. Smile.

    Happy days to you.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  17. Hello Sally, Great family pictures with a great story. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day....Julian

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  18. Those pictures are wonderful. Even better that you know something about the people in them. Treasure those! Have a happy weekend.
    Leslie

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  19. What wonderful stories and photos. I myself have yet to attend finishing school - which explains why I procrastinate and leave things unfinished so oft! : )

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  20. Hi Suzanne!
    I'm so glad you had fun and enjoyed yourself here! I'll be over in a bit to visit you. :)
    Happy Friday!
    Sally

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  21. Hi "P"! :)
    Thank you so much! Yes, I feel so lucky that these were saved and lasted all these years.
    Happy Friday!
    Sally

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  22. Hi Stacey!
    Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed them.
    Happy Friday!
    Sally

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  23. Hi DE!
    Thank you so much! Aren't the clothes fun and amazing?!
    Happy Friday,
    Sally

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  24. Hi Gail!
    Thank you so much for visiting, I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos!
    Happy Friday,
    Sally

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  25. Hi Michelle!
    Isn't that hat something?! And it appears that she has one heck of a HUGE bow on the back of her head too (below the hat). I sure wish I could make out what all is going on there. :)
    Happy Friday,
    Sally

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  26. Hi Nancy!
    Thank you so much for visiting, I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos!
    Happy Friday,
    Sally

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  27. Hi Becky!
    I'm with you, a large family sounds like so much fun. I'm from a teeny tiny family, just my brother and I and he was seven years older, so not around much. It really was like being an only child.
    Happy Friday to you!
    Sally

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  28. Hi Jeanne!
    Oh gosh! How wonderful to have a photo with all the children grown up. I have a feeling that not all of my grandmother's siblings survived or had long lives. Please let me know if you share your photo on your blog! I looked at your blogger info and didn't see a blog name for you or I would have come and visited. :)
    Happy Friday to you,
    Sally

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  29. Hi Julian!
    My pleasure, I'm so enjoying all of your wonderful paintings!
    Happy Friday to you,
    Sally

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  30. Hi Leslie!
    Thank you so much for looking in, I know how busy you are! Has graduation day come and gone? I hope your son had a fantastic time, filled with family, friends and lots of fun.
    Happy Friday to you!
    Sally

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  31. Hi Chel!
    I apparently attended "unfinished school" as I excel at that teehee! Thank you so much for visiting!
    Happy Friday to you,
    Sally

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  32. Great photos and history. I just love that dress and your grandmother had quite the little waist!

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