Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Way Back Machine

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The Time: Late 1950's
The Place: Nippersink, Wisconsin

This photo must have been taken towards the end of Great-Grandma Gussie's lifetime. She was never this heavy and she looks to be bedridden. My step-grandmother Blanche is looking out the window and there's something beautiful about these two women bathed in the light streaming in. Gussie has the comic section of the Sunday paper in her lap. I can still visualize the colors in the barkcloth that covered the sofa.

Blanche was such a truly sunny personality and I'm sure than her and Gussie had a good relationship. They were probably spending a Sunday afternoon together at the old cottage in Wisconsin.

In my minds eye I see Gussie in her small bedroom, putting on some pearls. Whether this is a real memory or just the way mind's eye pictures her is not clear. She died when I was a young girl and so many years have passed. Still, it's wonderful to think of her getting dressed for church, fastening the pearls around her neck.

10 comments:

Lori said...

I love all of your old photographs. What history!

Farmchick said...

What a wonderful photograph. You are so lucky to have it.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Such a wonderful photograph...so few are this way...a captured moment...most are staged and comical...this is just delicious.

martina said...

That is a beautiful photograph and description!

KatKit13 said...

You're making me want to go through old photos!

Beautiful photo.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

It's funny how you can remember the barkcloth. It just goes to show you that visual image memory is so powerful. (couple that with scent)

Valerie said...

What a beautiful memory. Whether it is real or not, keep it. Cherish it. I love your blog. I found it through you winning the give away.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

This is a great photo. They look very happy to me! What neat memories.

Mrs Parks said...

I love this, it reminds me of my best friend and I (in thirty or so years ;)

Anonymous said...

I love stories of women from the olden times and the old sepia photographs are icing on the cake! Vickib501