Sunday, July 31, 2016

Diane Jumping in Pool

My granny always told me to make sure that I wrote the names of people in a photo on the back of it, because I may know who is in the photo now, but some time in the future when I go to look at the photo, I may forget who those people were.  She was so right!  And I am glad I took what she said to heart.  I have painstakingly taken the time to write on the back of every photo I have...and it's a lot.

I think about my granny's words every time I look through the old photos that I have.  I am always so excited when there are names and, even more excited, when there are dates and places.  It makes things so easy for me.

Recently, I came across a photo that made me think of the advice that my granny gave to me, and I had to laugh.  It is a photo of my paternal aunt that was taken at the home of my great-aunt and uncle during a Labor Day weekend picnic, a family tradition.  It's a great action shot taken with a Polaroid camera of her jumping into the pool.  The date, September 3, 1978, is written on it...Score!!!  But the best is what is written above it, "Diane jumping in pool."  Just looking at it, it is obvious that she is jumping in the pool.  I guess someone wanted to make sure it was know that it was her that was doing the jumping.

I am thankful for the details...and the laugh!

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal aunt and uncle taken on 21 May 1994 outside of my aunt's home in Bear, Delaware.  She was 43 years old and he was 39 years old.

Diane Odgers Veasey (1951 - 2002)
James Odgers (1954 - 2007)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal aunt at the home of her paternal grandparents.  It was probably taken on Easter some time in the 1950s.  I don't know what I like more...her pretty outfit or the clashing of the furniture and the wallpaper.  If you look closely, you can even see an ash tray on one of the chair's arm rests.

Diane Odgers
1951 - 2002

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is my paternal aunt's senior picture.  She graduated from De La Warr High School in New Castle, Delaware in 1969.

Diane Odgers
1951 - 2002

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Memory to Hold

Kathryn Bunting Branyan
(1915 - 1998)
My maternal grandparents were married on 28 November 1942 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Trenton, New Jersey.  My grandmother looks so happy in this picture, but I remember a story she told about how mad she was at my grandfather and her brother that day.  Evidently, my grandfather showed up to the wedding feeling pretty rough after my great-uncle had taken him out for a night of partying.  It seems that as the years went by, she found the whole thing pretty funny, because she told the story with a chuckle in her voice.  My grandmother took life as it came and had a great sense of humor.

Recently my mother gave me the handkerchief that was carried by my maternal grandmother, my mother, my aunt, my sister, and me during our weddings.  I look at it and see all the beautiful memories of those days.  Someday I hope to put it in a shadow box with this picture and some more of the things I find from my grandparents' wedding, so I can look at it and think of all the beautiful memories of them.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Photo of the Day

I love candid shots, and this is one of my favorites.  This is a photo of my maternal great-grandmother trying to surprise my great-grandfather by throwing water onto him outside of their home in Trenton, New Jersey in 1942.  I wonder what his reaction was.

Margaret McCartan Bunting (1889-1956)
Albert Bunting (1888-1956)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my maternal great-grandmother taken outside of her home in Trenton, New Jersey in 1938.  She was about 49 years old.

Margaret McCartan Bunting

Bills of Repairs September 24,1904

 This cover sheet is found in the Civil War Pension File of my paternal third great-grandfather.  The bills were submitted by a pension atto...