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.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Kids; You paid WHAT?; Auto Elegance

The photos today are a varied lot. First, A couple of really smiling kids. The photographer must have been very entertaining. It usually took a circus and a clown to get my kid to smile for a photograph!
 Next; Lena married Charles in 1904 (see the first few posts in this blog), but first, in 1900,  he bought homestead of 100 acres,  in what is now Napa Valley for $16.00.  The  area must be worth millions now, but I'll bet he had to scrape do get that money together!
 Last but not least, one of Lena's best friends, in her new auto:

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