Balloons – 1926

Mershell, Mary V. and Doris Graham on their front steps. 1926.

Mershell, Mary V. and Doris Graham, my mother sitting on their front steps waving balloons on sticks. It was 1926.  The house was on Theodore, the east side of Detroit. Sometimes I dream about this house and the porch usually figures in the dreams as I leave or enter or start down the street going somewhere.

Other posts about the house on Theodore are – Everyday Things Then and Now and T is for Theodore Street

28 thoughts on “Balloons – 1926

    1. No. It was torn down in 1968 and it’s an overgrown storage area now. My cousin and I drove by in the 1990s and it was very depressing. At the bottom of the post T is for Theodore (link at end the post above) there is a photo we took that day. In my dreams it’s still there though.

  1. Funnily enough I don’t think I have any photos of that kind of balloon. A lovely photo from your mother’s childhood, and sad that the house is no more. We see on the news how much of Detroit is abandoned and in a very bad way these days.

  2. Oh my goodness – I hadn’t thought about balloons on a stick in forever. I know I had one more than once. It was fun shaking the stick around & watching the balloon wobble back & forth. It’s a wonder I never popped one, but I don’t remember that happening. A really cute picture & it made me smile to remember the good old days! 🙂

  3. It must be a pretty special house that even long after it is demolished it can provoke such a powerful memory. I remember balloons on a stick. They were cheaper because they didn’t use helium. The sticks were the kind mothers warned us about putting someone’s eye out.

    1. You are so right about that warning. An eye accident waiting to happen.

      The time we spent at my grandparent’s house was very special and the memories are very strong.

  4. It is a wonderful photograph – so full of history. It is the kind of image that we lovers of old images love – the perfect capture of a moment in time.

  5. I don’t remember seeing balloons on sticks………except in movies. It is a wonderful photo.

    I have memories of playing on the steps and poles of my grandmothers home. It is a sentimental memory too 🙂

  6. Oboy, I remember balloons on sticks! They made a funny noise if you “whooshed” them through the air quickly — we used to get them at the agricultural fairs in Maine. Great fun!

    1. I had to scroll back up to look. Someone must have told them to sit like that. I always thought my mother was kicking her leg out, but I believe you are right.

  7. A wonderful photograph, although Mershell looks a bit unhappy – he seems to have drawn the short stick!

    1. He pretty much looks like that in all his photos. The sticks were all the same length, I think it’s the point of view that makes it look short.

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