Saturday, March 7, 2009

A day late and a dollar short

Here is my contribution to Vintage Photo Friday that would have been posted last night had it not been for my over-tired body that I dragged straight to bed the very second I set my foot in the door. Being that I am posting a day late (and a dollar short as the title suggested) I am offering up a two-fer'. What? You don't know what a two-fer' is? Sure you do. 'Round these parts most folks 'em a two-fer' -- 2 for 1! Just consider this my recession post, haha.

(click on the picture to see it bigger)

Anyway, these two photos are similar in the fact that they are both pictures of my family members shopping downtown back in the day, probably in the late 1930's, early 1940's, based on how old my grandmother looks in the picture. The left picture is of my mother's mother on the right shopping with her mom, which would make it a picture of my great-grandmother and my grandmother. I never met my great-grandmother, but she must have been swell if she liked to go shopping - ha! Wasn't my grandmother a cute little lady? She was quite the woman -- married a sailor (enough said), raised five daughters on her own, my mother being the youngest. She passed away almost exactly four years ago, and I still miss her a lot.

The picture on the right is of my great-grandparents on my mom's side, the parents-in-law to my grandmother in the picture on the left -- Great Grandma Clyta (yes, her name was Clyta, bless her heart) and Papa (his name was Ed). Papa died before I was born, but my (Great) Grandma Clyta was around for almost all of my childhood, passing away in the 1990s. I have so many great memories of her -- she was loads of fun, and a fabulous cook to boot. At one time she and Papa owned a restaurant, and later in her career she worked as a personal cook to a very wealthy family.

These pictures make me smile every time I see them. I am blessed to have come from some pretty good stock!


Tina said...

You have some great pictures. I wish I had pictures like that of my family!

Amy said...

Love the pictures! So cute!

Ellen Bloom said...

I just LOVE the clothing in these photos! Don't you wish that everyone would still get dressed up so nicely to go downtown and shop?