I love antique photos. You can learn so much about how things have changed, and again how little has. We inherited 3 trunks of photos from the late 1800's to the 1940s and 50's. Most came from an enigmatic, extremely hard working but photo-loving woman named Lena, an ancestor of my husband, born in 1879. She had more contacts, more postcards (several hundreds) and more photos of herself taken than anyone who is not a well know celebrity. She seems to have collected antique photos from all around her. She unfortunately didn't identify many, only writing "Lena" on many given to her. I think she assumed she would remember, and of course after that it wouldn't matter!

We are still sorting through all the stuff trying to piece together Lena's fascinating and sometimes tragic life. Meanwhile, here are a variety of photos, including some of the highest (and lowest!) fashion.

I have also included the very old family photos I have from my mom's side of the family.

I hope you enjoy, and thank you for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Picture of Lena before her marriage.

Here is a new picture of Lena, as usual with no dates but it looks more like that than the picture I put in the first blog, which now I think must have been after Charles died.
And here again is a picture I put  in the earlier blog. Maybe it is knowing what was ahead for her but in these pictures Lena looks (to me) relatively happy and peaceful. 

TO COME:  next blog, I will post a little diary entry I found (of only a few, in one tiny book) which refers to a new romance, but not with Charles, before their marriage!  And what  came of that in the long run. Chris

1 comment:

  1. I saw your comment on OPD and checked out your blog. What an interesting format. I wish you luck, and hope others can help you.

    MAYBE I will get up enough ambition to try something like this myself. Rebecca2 from Nevada.