Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt depicting four chiffon-clad women striking a pose (although I’m not convinced they were really women) called to mind some photos of girls being silly.
July 1925 - it was the summer following my grandaunt Velma’s freshman year in college. She invited two new friends from Harrisonburg Teachers College to spend a week or so with her in her home in Shenandoah, Virginia. Olive Williams and Dot Lloyd both lived in Martinsburg, West Virginia, so they might have traveled by train the 90 miles for their summer holiday. Velma’s neighbor and good friend Virginia Cole attended HTC too, so she was part of the fun that day when the girls decided to take pictures doing silly things.
Whether the girls were blowing party horns or chugging a drink, they definitely orchestrated this silly pose. They probably thought they were being hilarious.
|Virginia, Dot, Velma, Olive|
Posing with toes pointed in must have been the 1920’s version of “wacky.” But what that hand gesture meant, I have no clue. The gestures seem to form a progression.
In August, it was Olive’s and Dot’s turn to play hostess to Velma and Virginia. Olive wrote to Velma’s mother (my great-grandmother) asking permission for Velma to extend her stay.
Martinsburg, W. Va
August 19, 1925
My Dear Mrs. Davis:
Velma and Virginia are getting along fine. We are having a fine time. Mother certainly is glad that they came home with me and we sure do hate to give them up.
I want to tell you I certainly did have a lovely time while visiting
Velma. She certainly did show Dot and I both a good time.
The girls have been staying with Dots some too and Velma has been too [sic] see her cousin and also down to see Rhine’s.
Daddy and Mother wants [sic] to take the girls to Gettsburg [sic] next week and so I am writting [sic] and asking you if Velma might stay another week. Daddy has already planned
the trip for them. That isn’t any longer than I stayed with Velma. So please let her stay. Mother and daddy both wants her and Virginia to stay so we can take them on that trip.
Closing, hoping to hear from you in a favorably [sic] reply to my question.
Now who could say “no” to that? I wonder what kind of wacky photos they took at Olive's house.
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