Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sepia Saturday: Turn

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.

During the month of March, I will be shining the light on my Irish roots.

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt shows a crowd watching and likely enjoying a performance on an athletic field. With my self-imposed limitation of blogging about ONLY my Irish ancestors during the month of March, I decided to share a few photos of people with their backs turned.

Lillie Killeen at the ribbon-cutting May 1952

A HUGE crowd showed up for the dedication of the NorfolkTunnel connecting Portsmouth and Norfolk in 1952. That was the end of the car ferry service. My grandaunt Lillie Killeen was a guest of her employer and long-time friend Dr. Vernon Brooks who served on the tunnel commission.

This must be friends of my grandaunt Helen Killeen Parker. I wonder where this train was. Was it an abandoned train? Part of an exhibit in a park? 


John Jr., "Cutey," and "Bob" 1920

Well, wuddayaknow – here sit John Jr and his sister “Bob” looking at who-knows-who on the other side of the door. Stillllll looking for their parents in case you wondered.

Please turn around and head to Sepia Saturday for more photos and stories of crowds, performances, and people facing the other way.


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  1. I never thought about life before the Norfolk Tunnel. Can you imagine the traffic backups if we only had a ferry now-a-days? I wish my dad were alive to talk about this.

  2. What a great take on the prompt. And so happy to read that you haven't given up on finding the parents!

  3. Cutey and Bob are in my favorite photo, but all three are fun.

  4. You're very clever with your take on the prompt! Good thinking "outside the box!" It never would have dawned on me to think of that! :)

  5. I recognize that first photo! I miss that the old tunnel. The last time I went across the new improved Norfolk Tunnel, I received a citation in the mail weeks later for unpaid toll. Can't remember if I paid it, but on principal I will never go through it again. Your second photo is definitely a parked choo-choo in a park. Looks like a narrow-gauge engine for a mine or lumber outfit.

  6. Love the photo of the kids. I wonder if John Jr. is wearing a large headband for warmth, or a bandage.

  7. A good response to the photo prompt.

  8. Lovely to see the rituals of opening the tunnel...I haven't ever been through it, though I did hang out on that coast one summer. I love the Bob and John kids...I now think of them as your orphans! Probably related some way or another!