Detroit Grahams

Poppy in the Garden

My maternal grandfather Mershell C. Graham in his garden with my cousin Dee Dee. About 1946. We called him Poppy.

I came across this photo while looking for a picture for my cousin last night. I don’t remember seeing it before, although I must have because it’s in my box of Graham photographs.

Since the end of the April A-Z Challenge this year, I’ve been working on my grandfather’s migration story – his move from Montgomery, Alabama to Detroit, Michigan in 1917. The more I look, the more I find, much more than I had originally been looking for.

When I saw the prompt for Sepia Saturday this morning, it reminded me of the picture of my grandfather in the garden and I decided to post it while I continue to work on putting together his larger story.

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21 replies on “Poppy in the Garden”

He always wore shirts with buttons, never t-shirts. The collar isn’t buttoned down though. And the pants are very wrinkled, not dress pants. The vest also looks like a work vest. But what is he holding in his hand? Something for Dee Dee, a hankerchief?

It does. And being the summer of 1946, it was about time for me to be born over in Springfield. Looking at the size of the plants – cabbage? collards? it was probably not too far along in the summer.

I blew up the photo a bit and it looked like a piece of fabric, perhaps a handkerchief.

A perfect fit for this weekend. I vote for a lettuce leaf in your grandfather’s hand. Something mythical about stories of grandfathers and vegetable gardens.

A perfect picture to match the prompt! My husband called his maternal grandfather “Poppy”, but then I suppose many use that appellation for their grandfathers. Still – “Poppy” made me smile. 🙂

How true that the more we look, the more we find. There are so many layers to the stories of our ancestors. I look forward to future posts about Poppy’s migration story.

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