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Girl Group, 1940s

This lineup of women with great legs comes from a Chicago antique store.  Perhaps this is a family gathering of mothers, daughters, aunts, and nieces.  The skirt lengths and cuts indicate that this photo was most likely taken in the … Continue reading

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Five Generations in the Valley Times

Have you discovered The Library Book by Susan Orlean?  Ostensibly about the Los Angeles Public Library, it is a love letter to libraries and librarians everywhere.  One section of the book reminded me that the LA library held digitized photos … Continue reading

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Cis and Sally–Style across Generations

Meet my friend Sally, on the right, a historian of photography and a photographer herself.  She has been a consistent help on this blog, providing background information, ideas for posts, and wonderful photos from her side career as a yard … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Quilt

My grandmother Madge had exquisite sewing skills. She made clothing for herself, her children, and eventually her grandchildren.  That must have added up to a lot of scraps, but quilting was not high on her list.  As far as I … Continue reading

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Harford Frocks and the Older Woman

The 1947 packet for a Harford Frocks saleswoman contained something for almost everyone in the family, from young children upwards. There were school clothes for girls and boys, outfits designed for teenagers, and even a few things for the man … Continue reading

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Bessie McHugh from her Thirties to her Sixties

“On a steamer going to Catalina, June 25, 1934. That was the way we celebrated Our Anniversary.” So reads the message on the back of this romantic photo.  It depicts John McHugh, born in Ireland in 1889, and his wife … Continue reading

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At the Craft Fair, mid 1970s

These brightly colored pictures might document a women’s club charity sale. Although they have no date, I think they come from the mid 1970s. My first clue was the lime green check pantsuit worn by the woman on the right.  … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter, 1960s

In preparation for Mother’s Day, I thought I would share some favorite Mother/daughter photos. This one is of particular historic significance because it memorializes the pink plastic curlers that I remember so distinctly from my youth. Was the daughter preparing … Continue reading

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Carolyn Schnurer’s Flight to India

If you like to travel, envy the life of mid century American designer Carolyn Schnurer (1908-1998). During World War Two, she convinced the British Overseas Air Company, the department store Peck and Peck, and a number of American textile manufacturers … Continue reading

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On the Porch, June 1951

Written on the back of this large eight by ten inch photo is “Lottie and Mother, June 1 1951.”  I’m guessing that this is a birthday party or family reunion in honor of the old woman, center front.  She is … Continue reading

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