Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt is a familiar rainy-day scene featuring an umbrella. But umbrellas are not just handy in rain as this old family photo suggests.
The pint-size umbrella probably afforded little protection from the sun. Honestly, it might have been more at home in a Banana Daiquiri or Mai Tai.
These children are John Jr. and Bob. John and Bob Who? That’s what I want to know.
Photos spanning the years 1917-1921 are glued into a small green soft-cover album that probably belonged to my great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh.
John Jr. and Bob are the only people identified.
|John Jr, Bob, poodle, and maybe Mary Theresa's sister|
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The adults are unknown to me, but occasionally there is an air of familiarity – the shape of a woman’s face, the body-type. Intuition says it is one of Mary Theresa’s sisters and that the pictures are of either Sarah or Josephine and grandchildren. It certainly can't be Delia because her children were only slightly older than these in the photos.
The little I know – or THINK I know – is that Mary Theresa often visited relatives in New York, her sisters I suppose and maybe a brother. This beach could have been Coney Island. It could have been Brighton Beach. It could have been Rockaway Beach. Since Rockaway was known as the “Irish Riviera” because of the large Irish population there in Queens, it was likely the destination of my distant relatives, whoever they were. Some of the photos are labeled “Richmond Hill,” a neighborhood in Queens. However, others are labeled “Bronx,” so I can’t be sure what beach drew them there that day.
Regardless of where they were, they had a grand time it seems. Even their pet poodle enjoyed a romp in the surf.
Which brings me back to the topic of umbrellas and this old saying:
It’s raining cats and dogs. Don’t step in a poodle!
Rain or shine, there’s something good happening at Sepia Saturday.