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My Mother – 1955

In this photograph, my mother is standing in the living room of my Cleage grandparent’s house on Atkinson. The date says Nov. 55  but there are also summer photographs with the same date, so I will say it’s 1955 and it does look like cool weather, but I’m not sure it was taken in November, although that’s when the film was developed, so I’m not sure if it was Thanksgiving or not.

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Doris Graham Cleage holding a plate of something and a towel. A plate of what I cannot tell. The couch was green and I see the corner of the red and white candy dish which held candy corns or peppermints, on the table.
Probably taken the same day as the photo of my mother. My cousin Ernie, sister Pearl seated and me, standing.
Probably taken the same day as the photo of my mother. My cousin Ernie, sister Pearl seated and me, standing. We are dressed for a holiday and playing with one of Ernie’s fabulous toys.
Another photo from the same batch of 1955 photographs.  Can't believe I am making that face while my sister is looking so angelic.
Another photo from the same batch of 1955 photographs. This one was taken on Louis’ patio in Idlewild. Can’t believe I am making that face while my sister is looking so angelic.
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26 replies on “My Mother – 1955”

Your mom seems to have a piece of pie, so maybe it really was Thanksgiving.

As for your “FACE,” I bet your sister put you up to it saying you should both make a face but then she backed out. That’s what my sister did to me in a photo. You gotta watch those younger sisters.

The striped, fringed hammock is just wonderful — I remember one of those at my grandparents’ house in New Hampshire — we used to lie in it and tie knots in the fringe; drove my grandmother crazy.

A great take on the prompt picture – you caught two focus points in one picture & I like your mom’s stance with the one foot cocked up. As for the other photo, your little sister’s expression kind of says it all. ‘Ha ha, made her do it, made her do it.’ I had two little sisters, so I know well what they’re capable of! 🙂

I do like the picture of your mother and her pie (with towel), but I’m impressed that you had a candy dish!

Both of my grandparents had candy dishes. This one was pink and white with an old fashioned design and a top. The peppermint candy was the stripped, round kind in cellophane. At Christmas there would be more Christmasy candy.

My other grandparents had a glass bowl that was on the dining room table and it always and only held the round, white peppermints. Of course we had to ask before we took any at either house.

Ha, the candid aspect of these pics is worth everything…your mom caught in mid-stride, waiting impatiently, and your making a face while swinging in the hammock…while sister dearest decided to fool you. Love these so much more than the “smile for the camera” types.

Who was the photographer in your immediate family, who would be everywhere snapping these priceless pics? I can’t quite read your mother’s expression, but you can tell how spirited she is–and a good sport, too. Love your expression–again, wonder who’s doing the snapping?

Gathering up all the photos that were from that roll of film, I’ve come to the conclusion that my uncle Henry took the photographs. That would explain my expression. We could fool around like that with Henry sometimes but I couldn’t imagine making that face if my mother was taking the photo.

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