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April 1, 2009

Digging up old family photographs

Last Christmas, I was home for the holiday, and my mom told me my grandmother had recently given her a bunch of old family photos when she cleaned out her basement. I have always been fascinated by old photographs, and since I really hadn't seen many from my mom's side of the family, I was thrilled to look through them and even more thrilled that she could basically tell me a story about each one. There were tons of photos, but these are some of my favorites:My great-grandmother, who I fondly called Ms. Dena growing up, (she passed away at age 94) on the right with a gal pal and....a small monkey.
Elene, my great-grandmother's sister, did some modeling in her late teens for the Atlanta Rich's (which explains the photo with the men's ties) in the late 1920's, early 1930's. About a year ago, my mom gave me Elene's wedding ring (a silver band) engraved with her initials, her husbands initials, and their wedding date...so it was neat for me to be able to put a face with her name. You can't really make it out, but in the photo on the left, Elene is wearing a necklace that I have as well.
Elene circa late 1920's, early 1930's - Atlanta, GA. These are some of my most favorite photos.
My Grandmother and Paw-Paw (the couple at the far right) with my Uncle Tommy and Aunt Runelle (their life-long best friends). They had just graduated high school and were at the beach for a summer trip in this picture; my paw-paw's father (on Uncle Tommy's back, haha!) and mother were "chaperoning" the trip. And as my mom said, "since none of them were married yet, an unchaperoned trip would have been considered 'very inappropriate' in the 40's!" ha!
Ms. Dena, my great-grandmother, and my mom as a toddler :)

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