Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Old family photo: Atlantic City Boardwalk, 1916


Before winter leaves us I wanted to share a photograph of my toddler mother with her family at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City in late winter/early spring of 1916.


I have some vintage clothing from that era saved by Nellie, my grandmother, in a marvelous cedar chest. Her hat, unfortunately, is not among the items. Does it look familiar to some of you?
Of course, it does.......





Read a whimsical commentary on The Flying Nun, 1960s TV show, staring Sally Field.


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13 comments:

Mibsy said...

Wow! Your grandmother could fly!!!
;)

secret, fragile skies said...

love this!

Melinda said...

I loved the old photo of your family--but I really love old photos. Recently, I have been going through my mother's old family photo albums, looking for material for my book and I have been entranced by the seriousness in which everyone took the photo shoots in the olden days.

What a memory you gave me of Sally Field as the Flying Nun! Too funny. And it reminds me (again)--Man! I'm getting old.

Hope you are doing well, Lydia--I've been sending some happy energy your way in hopes that your spirits have lifted.

Melinda

francessa said...

Fabulous hat! I'd love to get a glimpse of those things in the cedar chest.

Darlene said...

You looked sleepy in the photo. I'll bet it was your nap time and they kept you posing until you were exhausted. Poor baby.

Lisa Allender said...

Hi Lydia--Hope you're doing great!
This post is adorable--Long Live The Flying Nun!

Lisa Allender said...

Shame on me, forgetting to comment on your cute Mom-as-a-toddler!Really sweet pic of your "ancestral family".....

naomi dagen bloom said...

You are fortunate, Lydia, to have such a delightful family image to review, think about the people in the photo. Some years ago, since I have none like this, I began collection other people's old photos.

There's one that I'm tempted to say is mine...have to think more about that!

Buddha said...

I wish hats were popular again.
I don't know why but I love hats!

Lydia said...

@Mibsy- Tell me that you didn't think of the Flying Nun when you first saw the photo!

@secret, fragile skies- Thanks. Do you watch Fields' show "Brothers and Sisters"? I like it. :)

@Melinda- Oh, so the happy energy came from you, did it? :) I want to say thank you because I have even begun my yoga practice again!
Your memoir will be even richer with the addition of some of your old family photos. I'm glad you have them to select favorites.

@Francessa- Yeah, it's some kind of crazy hat, for sure. So strange to see it because my grandmother was not a flamboyant individual at all....but I guess she had a side to her that she didn't show often.
I'll show you the cedar chest contents someday..... :)

@Darlene- The toddler in the photo is my mother, not me! She told stories so frequently that I sometimes felt "as if" I lived her life, but I didn't experience this scene other than second hand! :)

@Lisa- I'm doing fine, thanks! I'm happy that you liked the photo and, absolutely, long live that Flying Nun.

@Naomi- I think you have such a deep feeling for others' old photos because you see them as special. Too often they are taken for granted or tossed away. If you feel a kindred spark with one in particular there must be a reason for that.....

@Buddha- I really really like hats too. They are not only classy, perky, exotic, sassy, mysterious (you name it), but they shield us from the sun. So what's not to like? .... oh, I forgot what they do to hair!

Jennifer said...

Lydia -- Great photo and wonderful juxtaposition with the Flying Nun.

Lydia said...

@Jennifer- Thanks for the comment and for being here. :)

Jennifer said...

Yes, you may have noticed that I didn't comment on the longer stuff -- I've had strangely busy weeks lately. To your blog & writing credit, it always takes time to read and respond.

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