Are you the family historian who has inherited the entire collection of portraits of the last 9 generations of each of your ancestors? No? Me neither. I have precious few photos of my paternal family.
I've found some old negatives and some barely discernable photos that I've been able to resurrect. I thought I'd share some of them today.
I thought it might be fun to include pictures taken with their pets.
Here's a photo of my mother and her cat taken in about 1938. The chickens in the background are a nice touch. She grew up on the family farm in Wisconsin.
Most of these pictures were taken with the lowest cost camera available in those days. There was no way to focus the camera, the film was slow which meant that pictures required plenty of light, outdoors preferred, there was no such thing as a flash attachment for these cheapie cameras, and to make things as awful as possible, nobody had a clue about how to take a decent photo. No instructions were provided or offered. There wasn't much you could do with these simple cameras anyway.
But somehow, they captured the moment. And we captured a lot more about our families.
Want more critters? Here's my father when he was a toddler, taken in about 1918. The woman on the left is his mother, his aunt is the woman on the right. The picture was taken next to the main house located on a sheep farm, I think. So the dog might be trained to work with sheep. Or at least to be tied to the wicker baby carriage and led around the yard a little.This is one of only three pictures that I have of my paternal grandmother. She died about 3 years after this picture was taken.
Floor's open. Any long lost critters that your ancestors loved and cared for? Any pictures magically found and resurrected?