It’s amazing what a Sepia Saturday prompt can reveal!
I spent some time rummaging today, thinking that I might be able to find a photo of members of my family on stairs; imagine my surprise when I found these three shots (I actually found more, but these three were the best).
The first is of the Gould children of
It’s a shot taken at the summer house in East Boothbay, Maine in 1900: Margaret
and Howard are the youngest ones on the bottom step; the others (left to right)
are Richard, Prescott, Allen and Gardner (my grandfather, who’s about 15 in
this shot), the oldest. I’m not sure why Margaret is covering her ears; I just
love their shiny shoes—Margaret’s with button laces. The boys all have short
pants with stockings bagging at the knees, except for my grandfather, who’s old
enough to be in long pants. Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts
And then I found one of my father (Gardner, Jr.) sitting between his mother and his sister Shirley – again at the summer house in East Boothbay in, say, 1938-39; my father’s in baggy pants and loafers (such a fashionable look back then); his sister equally fashionable in tailored pants – just like Katherine Hepburn!
To finish the triptych, my brother, me and my mother on the back steps of my parents’ first house in
this is in 1950 or so. John’s all decked out in his cowboy shirt (with slide
tie) and gloves; I’m in my bathrobe, recovering from the mumps! Needham, Massachusetts
And that black-and-white cocker spaniel is Ferdinand, the wonderful dog who loved Oreos (see my post of November 23).
So here we are: three generations of Goulds, the oldest born more than one hundred years ago (1886); the youngest in 1946 and still going strong in 2014 (me).
Just think of all the stairs we’ve climbed!
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