I’ve been told that my grandfather had a rule – only one of his children could get married each year. This made for some interesting family dynamics in the late 1950s. You see, there were seven children in the family, my Mom being the youngest. The first wedding to take place was that of my Mom’s 2nd oldest brother. He married in 1952. After that, the weddings apparently stalled out until my Dad, at some point in 1957, announced to his future in-laws that 1958 was “the year” that he and my Mom would marry.
At first the other siblings weren’t sure if he was serious. My Dad was close friends with my Mom’s older brothers and if you were familiar with his sense of humor, you would understand why they thought he might be joking! Once my Uncle Larry, my Mom’s oldest brother, realized that my Dad was completely serious, he quickly proposed to his long time girl friend and they planned their wedding before the end of 1957. Thus my Uncle Larry and Aunt Lucille married December 29, 1957. And the story doesn’t end there – my Mom’s sister Jane claimed 1959, leaving 1960 for their brother Charles.
Credits: family wedding photo; scrapkit: Christmas Wish
I recently made this scrapbook page of my grandmother and three of her older children – Larry, Jeanne and Kenneth. It was taken the in the late fall or early winter of 1929 since my Grandmother is quite obviously pregnant with her next child who was born in January of 1930. The photo was taken in the backyard of my grandparents home on Queen Street in Pottstown, PA.
Credits: family photograph; Scrap kit is Just for Fun (one of my own)
Once again it’s been a while, but jumping in today with another (Almost) Wordless Wednesday post. These are more unlabeled, undated photos in the collection given to me by my Mom. In the background of one (cropped out of the layout) there is a sign on the building that says Cape May Yacht Club. I believe the darker haired woman is my great Aunt Elizabeth Garner Freed, but I am not completely certain about that.
Credits: scrapkit is one of my own
So, I haven’t posted for a few weeks. What can I say — it’s summer and I’ve been taking a little break from the blog. I decided to try to start easing back in with a Wordless Wednesday post. I always enjoy doing these because I get to make a 4×6 scrapbook page and go through my ancestor/vintage photos! This week’s post features one of my great-great grandfathers – Charles Morgan James. I think this photo may date from the 1870s, but I’m not certain about that.
Credits: family photo that I have inherited; scrap kit is one of my own.
Here’s another (almost) Wordless Wednesday scrapbook layout. As the name suggests, I have no idea who is pictured in the photograph. I have compared each face to photos of known family members – but no luck. Maybe it’s a club, a church youth group or a school class. It’s most likely taken in southeastern PA (Chester, Berks or Montgomery County). It looks like there’s some snow by their feet, so the time of year could be late fall or early spring. Anyone look familiar to you??
Credits: photo is from my collection of inherited family photographs, scrap kit is my own along with elements from Gunhild Storeide