Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt of a street scene with people coming and going reminded me of this souvenir of St. Petersburg, Florida.
This is my great-grandmother Mary Susan “Sudie” Eppard Rucker. According to my grandmother, her mother loved Florida, and so she made a point to visit every year. She always brought back a souvenir, usually some shell-encrusted tchotchke – a bowl, a box, an ashtray. One of those souvenirs sat on my grandmother’s end table for as long as I can remember. Sadly – or perhaps not – it was not among the things that were saved and divided among her survivors.
On this particular trip dated around 1950 or 1951, Sudie’s big souvenir was this photo. As the story goes, her picture was taken for the newspaper. Why? Good question. Although the full story has been lost to time, one possibility is that she was newsworthy because she was wearing a coat. Who does that in Florida?
Given Sudie’s love of travel, it is not surprising that she signed my mother’s autograph book about ten or twelve years previous with this message:
Let’s take a walk over to Sepia Saturday and grab some souvenirs.
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