Mother and daughters

MV 15 – mother – Doris 12 5 -1936

My grandmother, Fannie Turner Graham, with her daughters, my aunt Mary V. and my mother Doris. They are standing in their back yard. During the 1940s house was sided with insulbrick, a covering of tarpaper”Insulbrick was a fast, easy, inexpensive shingle-like way to cover vertical walls on the exterior of a property in the first half of the 20th century. It was generally used on the sides and backs of some homes before the 1950’s. Eventually, vinyl siding began to replace it, and then aluminum. Because of the brick pattern that was printed on it, from a distance it can resemble and old brick wall, but it is actually made of asphalt, and in texture and shape resembles a roof shingle.

The next year we see my great grandmother Jennie Allen Turner standing with her daughters, Daisy on the left and my grandmother Fannie on the right, outside of the fence surrounding my grandparent’s backyard.

"Daisy, Jennie and Fannie"
Daisy Turner, Jennie Turner and Fannie Turner Graham

And because it is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S.A., I include a clipping from 1939 of my great grandmother hosting a dinner with her daughters and her granddaughters and her son-in-law, my grandfather.

“On Harding Avenue, Mrs. Jeannie Turner bade the members of her family to dine with her. At the table were her daughters, Misses Daisy and Alice Turner; Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Graham, and her granddaughters, Misses Mary Virginia and Doris Graham.”

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12 thoughts on “Mother and daughters

  1. I had never heard of insulbrick, but that must be what was on the back of my grandparents’ house. Now I know, thanks to you.

    Also in common – our mothers were both named Doris. Your mother is quite lovely. Well, all of your mothers and daughters are, but she has a lovely, open face and smile.

    1. I had never heard of it either until I noticed the original wood behind and remembered that it was some brick looking covering by the time I came along and wondered when that happened.

      Very nice to find another Doris! I think my mother was lovely too.

  2. Perfect choices for the Sepia Saturday theme. Your mother and her sister are very pretty young ladies for their age. A photo treasure for sure.

    As for insulbrick, I’ve removed my share of it several times. Not as toxic as asbestos shingle siding, but messy stuff. Considering how often I’ve seen in rural areas, it’s a surprisingly durable material.

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