Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Father's Day

Though there are thousands of photos I could post of my father (1922-2006) these are two of my favorites. The one at the top is from around 1927 when he was transitioning from Kindergarten to first grade. He is the boy second boy on the left on the far top row . I love this picture if for now reason other than the flaming flapper teacher on the far left. For years I've wondered just what she is reaching for deeply in those pockets. Way far left. This is the only photo we have of him from between 1922 and 1937.

The second photo was taken with my sister around September 1952. There is much that is "wrong" with it as far as lighting, contrast, and shadows. Those mistakes are what make me love it and the memory of my father. Mistakes, memories, shadows and mystery are what makes Father's Day worth remembering, even though there is no tangible address where I can send a card.

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8 Comments:

At 1:27 AM, Blogger Martin H. said...

'..the flaming flapper teacher..' great description.

Wonderful picture of your father, partly shadowed and vaguely mysterious. Your sister appears to be a little giggle-box.

 
At 2:59 AM, Blogger Lorenzo said...

I like that last line very much about the mistakes, memories, shadows and mystery and lack of a tangible address. A Sepia Saturday remembrance like this one in your personal blog has quite a "tangible" feel to it for this loyal reader.

 
At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Nana Jo said...

I think your last line defines the purpose and meaning of our Sepia Saturday postings as we delve into the 'Mistakes, memories, shadows and mystery' of our photographic history. Beautiful.

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Pat transplanted to MN said...

Good photo of the school, it is still clear today and a treasure from so long ago...you summed it up so well--"mistakes, memories, shadows...."

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

I love sepia Saturdays and meeting your family.
You resemble your father. Very handsome.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

It's so often the subject of a horrible photograph that causes us to keep it. How good that you have thousands of your father. Great post.

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger John Hayes said...

I agree with Lorenzo about the great ending to the post, & I can definitely see what you mean about the 1952 photo both in terms of its "defects" & its overall spirit. It's a compelling image perhaps because of the odd lighting.

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh i love this tribute.....and the line "mistakes, memories and shadows" - captures much it does

 

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