Friday, March 29, 2013

Sepia Saturday: Coffee Break


Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.





This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features two men leaning in the doorway of a coffee shop.  Meet my paternal grandfather Fred Robert Slade.  He’s not in a shop, but I’m pretty certain he’s drinking coffee and leaning slightly on the kitchen table.

Fred Robert Slade, Sr. 1953
Granny wrote on the back:  Fred and coffee 1953


Do like my granddaddy – grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of choice) and relax looking at some photos of Fred Robert Slade (Nov 8, 1901 Princess Anne County, Virginia – Feb 4, 1983 Portsmouth, Virginia). 

Fred and Julia Slade and friend 1940
Fred and Julia Slade with a friend 1940


Fred Slade, Sr. in orange grove
Granddaddy is inspecting those oranges as if he had grown them himself.

Fred Slade, Sr. and 2 friends
Granddaddy is on the right.





Fred and Julia Slade, Tanner Place 1949
Fred and Julia Slade at their house
on Tanner Place, Portsmouth, Virginia 1949
Wendy Slade and Fred Slade, Sr.
Fred Slade with his first grandchild










(Who is this adorable child?  Walk on, Girl!)











I have no story.  Consider this contribution to Sepia Saturday as my own coffee break.


If you're ready for a break, visit my friends at Sepia Saturday.  You can lean on them.




© 2014, Wendy Mathias.  All rights reserved.

43 comments:

  1. I love that your grandma wrote "Fred and coffee." :)

    Wonderful photos. Have a great weekend, friend. ☺

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    1. I'm learning that my granny was a funny lady. On the back of a picture of herself in a not-so-flattering pose, she wrote "Me and my new look."

      You have a good weekend too, friend!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your family with us. I wish I had such lovely photos of my grandpa. Treasured memories.

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    1. They are treasured memories. I had never seen these photos until a few years ago.

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  3. A very nice coffee break! The first photo was so 1950's from the table cloth to the wall phone!

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    1. I'm glad you noticed the 50s echoed in every detail of this photo. I thought the same thing - the photo is a little time capsule.

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  4. Great photos - and I looked at them while I was drinking my tea :-)

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  5. I'd say you have shared lots of story, right here in all these photos. Great family memories, and some of them bring lots of questions to me. On Tanner Place, why does that sound so interesting to me? But wow, great cars in the driveway, and what a charming (good sized garage) but mostly what is the small sign in the center with the horse on it? Please tell us more!

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    1. Tanner Place is just a street - although I guess it sounds a bit like Peyton Place.

      I have no idea about that horse sign. It was before my time, believe it or not! But I had not noticed the size of the garage until you pointed it out. I imagine that was quite unusual then.

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  6. I liked how you qualified your first photo. Yes he's drinking coffee and also leaning. You definitely are on theme. Great family photos.
    Nancy

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  7. Granddaddy would have loved colour TV.........

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYwv-BOrPD4

    Only if he was used to very bad language in the grove should he watch the other one.........

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6AmFLU5QVQ

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    1. OK, now I have to wonder what Joycian stream-of-consciousness was at work sending you to that YouTube. It's perfect. I think my granddaddy must have been the prototype for the Del Monte man. Well, not the second one - the granddaddy I remember was too much of a gentleman.

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  8. I am indeed drinking coffee, and it was a very pleasant break, thank you.

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  9. The photographs tell their own story (stories). A most enjoyable coffee break.

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  10. My coffee went cold while I was studying your photos (without a story). Some things are best left unsaid - they talk for themselves.

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    1. You're very kind to say so, especially since I don't know the story for most of the pictures.

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  11. The first two pictures look coffee-colored. They reminded me of coffee ice cream.

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  12. I got stuck at the first photo. I lived with my grandparents as a little girl in the 50s and I find a warmth when I see pictures like yours. My grandparents kitchen table sat at the exact same angle next to the entry into the kitchen. I wonder if the napkin holder was in the shape of a tea pot or coffee pot? It looks like it could be. My preoccupation with vintage items had me looking at that tablecloth too. I purchased one at an estate sale that looks very much like it. I need to go look and see if the design inside the squares is the same. This one looks like it could be shamrocks and makes me wonder if it was green and white. MIne is pink.

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    1. I thought shamrocks too. Thanks for pointing out the napkin holder -- I'm more on theme than I realized. Go me!

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    2. I took a look at my table cloth. I think it is the same design. MIne is dark pink, so maybe not green shamrocks after all. I haven't used it on my table yet. Maybe I'll put it on today in honor of your Granddaddy. lean back in my chair, and have a cup of tea.

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  13. A perfect breaktime post but I suppose there are morning Sepians and evening/midnight/noontime Sepians too. As I'm an evening blog reader and morning blog writer, I have no coffee tonight. Will ice cream do?

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    1. By all means! I support ice cream breaks at night or any time of the day. Toss in a handful of grape nuts and you have a complete breakfast.

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  14. Any idea what that fish is?

    So what is your theme for the A-Z Challenge? I look forward to following your posts.

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    1. I believe the fish is a Sailfish.

      My theme is "Unusual" names in my family database. I don't know what I'll do about Q and X though. HA ~

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  15. Nice to meet you, Fred! There must be a story behind that big flying fish. You were such a cute baby, Wendy.

    Kathy M.

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    1. I wonder what kind of fish tale Granddaddy told about landing that fish!

      Thanks - it's funny to see myself at that age though.

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  16. I enjoyed your coffee break Wendy with those great family pictures of your Grandaddy. He looks as if he'd have been a character.

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    1. He was a sweetheart, and I could do no wrong.

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  17. I am having a coffee myself right now and enjoying your pictures! The first one I regard as a typical "it-is-coffee-time" picture. And that phone on the wall, super!

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    1. Thanks Peter. I agree -- Granddaddy seems to be in no hurry enjoying his cigarette and coffee. (Good to see you!)

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  18. And I'm having coffee while reading this.
    Nice set of photos!!
    Quite a catch, that fish.
    Love that other post you did about Easter eggs.
    You looked mighty fine in that suit,
    and those shoes!!!
    And Mary is a riot!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  19. That's too funny about the tablecloth I had to go back here and take a peek. The color of yours was the same too? That is amazing, I would have thought that maybe it was green on the design, what a cool eye she had to pick up on that!

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  20. I enjoyed my coffee break. Thanks.

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  21. In response to the horse sign on the garage door on Tanner Place. Do you remember there were several families in Cradock that kept horses? Margaret Mixon for one, she and I used to ride Sugar around Cradock and I think Peggy Ann had several friends who kept horses.

    Wish we had that tablecloth!

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