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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Playmates: 1950s

Playmates: 1950s

I don't know who these three lasses are, possibly nieces of my grandparents on my dad's side. I found it in their old photo album. I thought it was a neat photo, they look a little surprised to have their photo taken. View full size.

Texas flakes

I should send you pictures of my kids during the recent snowfall here in Southeast Texas. We don't HAVE snowgear. My kids were so excited they ran outside in shorts, cowboy boots and bare hands to make a snowman!

Isn't it cold out?

They also look a tad bit underdressed for the snow outside.

The chap in the middle

They've built a SnowDagwood!

Not Snow Ready

Funny photo...The children are not wearing boots or mittens. Two of the three aren't wearing hats. No snow on the trees, so the snow hasn't recently fallen.

Looks like they've gotten to play in the snow for a few minutes while the adults chat.

Paint

When seen closely, the image has a sort of painterly quality - reminiscent to me of the brushstroke style of Rembrandt.

Stand here? Why?

Looks like they were told to go stand out there by the snowman. None of them have mittens on, two don't have hats, and the tall girl has no boots. I wonder if they had anything to do with making the snowman.

Cold?

Good heavens, they look cold. Did they make that snowman with their bare, ungloved hands? I feel like, if someone saw children dressed like this in below freezing weather nowadays, they'd have social services called on them.

Sobering Thought

Family snaps like this always remind me of an observation a friend once made about the brevity of our personal legacy: It won't be but a few years after we pass on that someone, while looking through old family photographs, will wonder who we were and draw a blank.

Peaks and Valleys

Such a wonderful time -- the 1950's. But then I remembered that was the year two of my sisters and I came down with polio. My poor parents.

Beautiful Children

Another group of beautiful healthy children. The blond little girl could be a dead ringer for my cousin Sharon about the same time frame and similar place, as we always had tons of snow here in Thunder Bay every winter, and there are lots of evergreen trees as well. Handsome snowman too!

 
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