Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo of the young man posed with hand to cheek gives me an excuse to share a photo that I really DO NOT LIKE. Here is my most beloved grandaunt Violetta Davis (Ryan) posed likewise in that thoughtful way with hand to cheek.
For some time the reason for my dislike eluded me. After all, the photo is clear. There is an elaborately carved table and chair. I love Violetta’s velvet dress with sheer sleeves adding another layer of elegance to an already elegant and formal setting. So what is there NOT to like?
I finally figured it out. It’s her hair. Sorry, Violetta, those bangs were not a good look for you. The Violetta of my memory did not do bangs.
Not as a toddler.
Not as a school girl.
Not as a college student
nor as a graduate with a Master of Science degree in education
The young schoolmarm hairdo served her well throughout the 1930s.
In the 1940s she changed things up. I can picture her wagging her finger and joining in with the Andrews Sisters singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.”
1960s - Oh NO! A Perm! Aaaack - Step away from the curling rods, please. Whew!
In her later years, Violetta’s hair always seemed wild and BIG to me. However, looking back now, I see that her hair was soft and wavy and, yes, BIG. And it suited her.
|Violetta in her living room |
With finger to your cheek, give some thought to visiting my friends at Sepia Saturday. You’ll get a bang out of it!
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