Sepia Saturday – All in the Family

Sepia Sat 20 April 2013Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images.

This week’s prompt photo is a peculiar one. I hope someone will explain it to us.

In the meantime, I’ll share some family pictures from a page in a photo album kept by my grandmother, Abbie Webber Smith Brender.

All of the pictures are labeled with Grandma’s identification of who is in the picture.

Our Family

Our Family

Looks like Grandma on the left and Grandpa on the right, proudly posing in front of their home with the kids. They had a big family. I’m having trouble counting the children. 11?

I wonder if one of those itinerent photographers stopped by and they impulsively agreed to have their picture taken so they’d have a current one to send to family.

Uh oh – I think I spot the black sheep – er, pig in the family. The little one on the left looks like he or she may be leading a sibling astray or at least plotting some mischief.

A Few of Our Chicks

A Few of Our Chicks

I’m not sure where the Chicks fit onto our family tree. I have some more digging, or should I say scratching, to do! Must be a really large family if this is just a few of them. I’ll have to print out about a dozen family group sheet forms.

Sometimes Grandma and Grandpa would round up the family for a trip into the city and meet up with friends at the park. This lovely family must be very close friends – almost family I’d venture – to have merited a place on this page of Grandma’s photo album.

Friends from Iowa City

Wait …. Those aren’t Grandma’s friends from Iowa City in the prompt picture, are they?

If you are curious about the feathered friends in the prompt picture and what others have to say about them, fly on over to Sepia Saturday and join the flock.




16 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday – All in the Family

  1. I’m guessing the first couple of photos were taken by an amateur with a Kodak, rather than an itinerant professional.

  2. I like the swan family, especially. Beautiful. As for the prompt photo, ewww. I think those are two beheaded geese. Or maybe even turkeys.

  3. You must be so proud to have found these long lost family members!!!…

    As for the swans and the prompt picture,
    nah!! Not them, nor even distant cousins.
    A different breed altogether.

  4. Awwww, love all the babies! Gotta tell you I would never get near a mother pig. Your photos reminded me of my grandparents farm when I was a little girl and I remember those mama pigs being some very mean sows! I always wanted to see the little baby pigs, but was too afraid of the moms to get too close. Thanks for the memories!

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