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Brothers: 1912/1985

Brothers: 1912/1985

1912: My father (right) and his younger brother pose for a traveling photographer outside their home in Santa Rosa, California. 1985: 73 years later, they reenact the photo for my sister in our yard in Larkspur. This was the last time they were together; my father passed away six months later, and my uncle in 1988.

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You're very lucky tterrace!!!!

I would love have seen my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. at 60, 70, 80, etc. But unfortunately my family died YOUNG. So I live vicariously through Tterrace's photos of his family. A strong loving family! Love the pictures!!!! Makes me smile.

Brothers in arms

Excellent Tterrace. Keep them coming. Although I am on the other side of the world I always appreciate your pics.


That's the best thing I've seen in a long long time.

Wonderful picture.

You are a lucky person to have such a comprehensive Photographic record of your family!

I think if you had submitted only the 1912 photo, anonymously, with no caption, most of the regulars here could have identified it as being yours!


This would make an incredible greeting card. I have nothing else to say except that this is a truly sweet shot.

About your uncle

Hey tterrace, where did your uncle live? Was he close by, so you could see him regularly, or did he live far away? What he do for a living, anyway?

Got me some bibs

I agree, what a beauty. Thanks for posting.

Don't know what it is

about your images tterrace but even the simplest among them affect me. Maybe it's because they are the same pictures of my years growing up that were never taken. All these recorded experiences happened to me too. All but a fraction exist now in memory only.



Just think how much change the world had seen in those 73 years.
And is scary to think that 1985 is already 26 years ago!

Wonderful picture

I so enjoy the pictures submitted by tterrace; especially this one. THANKS!


Wonderful pix, tterrace. I love it that the brothers are smiling brightly in the "after" picture.

Brothers Forever

What a sweet duo.

Nice hipster clothes.

I love that they're both about the same build in relation to one another after seven decades.


I love this photo! Keep up the great family memories tterrace!!!! Love them!!!


I have always enjoyed your postings. The picture of your dad and his brother is particularly touching.

As I See It

It's my belief that these two brothers are together right now.


One of my favorite pics from Tterrace. 73 years later with almost the same pose. I love it.

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