Day 335/365 SP & My Grandparents Wedding Picture

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One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever...Ecclesiastes 1:4
I found this a very difficult self portrait to do and finally decided to change my pose and not face the camera but to look at my late grandparents wedding picture instead. Several years ago I had some enlargements made at the lab from the original print which was a small post card sized picture. I am so glad that I did that now. The previous two self portraits that I did before this has a bit of background info on my grandparents, (my mother's parents) who were married in 1907.

Here is a little more family history about Grandpa Fred:

As a young man he had a job repairing rail road cars when he lost one of his eyes from a plank flying back at him. Grandpa Fred also cooked at a number of Restaurants..One of the places he worked at was in a Lumberjack Camp where he was chief cook and bottle washer. The last place that he worked was at his his own restaurant named Fred's Diner, in Duluth, Minnesota where he passed away at 68 years old of a heart attack in 1947.

He raised chickens and sold the eggs in the earlier years of his marriage....One of my mother's duties as a child was to help him wash the eggs and round up the chickens to put them back in the coop at night.

He had a lot of musical abilities and played an accordion and harmonica which was appreciated by many who enjoyed his talents. He performed at dances in his younger days. The accordion that he played had no keyboard.. just push buttons.
It was a heavy cumbersome instrument. My mother had fond memories of listening to him play for the family. He passed on his love for music to his two daughters, my mother Helen and her sister June.

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  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    I like this SP, Andrea, because you included your grandparents. They were a handsome couple. I wonder why people didn't smile for pictures back then. I can't find any pictures of my great grandparents smiling. My grandparents did smile for theirs, but that was 1922.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (5 Jan 2010):

    Thank you Judy for the comment...I think back in the early days the reason why people didn't smile for the camera is because of the very slow shutter speed...

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Lovely SP and very interesting stories about the GrandParents....I have done a lot of geneology research and people who sat for portraits never wasnt until people started having cameras at home and candid shots showed up that smiling for the camera became popular~

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (5 Jan 2010):

    I love the Bible verse and the story. I love to hear stories of grandparents. They make such a difference in our lives. This is such a nice photo of them and you. In that West Point shot I uploaded six months ago, my grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather are shown. Family is everything. Thanks.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Wonderful SP and read today. That is a great Bible verse. dp

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    I love this SP!! Your grandparents were a very nice looking pair! I think it must have been awkward to get your portrait taken back then. Today we are so used to cameras and I still have to work at being natural infront of a camera. I imagine it was worse then.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    What a rich life he lived! Thanks for sharing your unique family history and that lovely portrait.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    An outstanding SP with wonderful tones. Your story about your Grandpa Fred is so interesting; thank you for sharing it. It is truly wonderful to have these memories!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Fantastic image! This is a very precious photo and proof that technology is great!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful composition and tones!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    This is a wonderful SP Andrea. I like how you set it up with you looking at your grandparents photo and I liked reading about them.

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (7 Jan 2010):

    Great SP, Andrea, and I appreciate the history on your grandparents.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Jan 2010):

    This is a really wonderful series and thank you so much for sharing your family history with us it is very interesting.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (9 Jan 2010):

    I like this series Andrea, it's great that you know so much about them, people never smiled for photos in those days did they and it mostly the man was seated not the lady !!!

  • Sarina Ilott

    Sarina Ilott said (24 Jan 2010):

    Hi Andrea, As per usual I love the self portrate of you looking at your grandparents photo also your grandfathers story. Thank you for sharing it with us. It was very interesting.

  • teresa Bice

    teresa Bice   gave props (8 May 2018):

    Love reading about your grandparents and what a wonderful photo of you and them.

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