Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is the BAD photo, blurred, scratched, subject out of frame, whatever – just bad. Fortunately – or UNfortunately – I have many that qualify. In the days before digital photography, we weren’t aware of those bad shots until after we paid for them. Maybe our ancestors thought, “I paid for it. I’m keeping it.”
As I’ve said repeatedly, the annual Jollett Reunion was a major social event not to be missed. The albums passed down from my grandaunts Violetta and Velma are filled with the traditional “Group Photo” of everyone in attendance. I’m sure many an evening was spent poring over the photo albums observing how people had changed. There’s Millard. There’s Sadie with the new baby. Doesn’t Emma look good?
But in 1925, they had this one to remember by:
Now, they didn’t KEEP this picture just because they paid for it. Someone deemed it worthy of GLUING into the scrapbook. They didn’t just toss it in the shoebox. NO. They GLUED it down. Nobody was going to erase that day from memory. No siree.
A few years earlier and miles away, my grandaunt Helen Killeen Parker was preserving her own collection of bad photos including this one captioned “Just a picture”:
|That's Helen bottom left, second one in.|
Yeah, a picture that merited a caption. And a lame one at that.
Helen didn’t stop with just the “white out” effect; she also kept photos with a “black out” effect, like this one captioned “Pals”:
Imagine being pals with the Headless Horseman!
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