Amazing things about old pictures. Old photograph made in Georgia.

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I love old pictures.  Way back then, having your picture taken was something rare unless you were rich and I was not and knew no one who was.

This picture below is actually only 3" x 4" in real size but the scanner makes it big and easy to see.

It shows the way clothes were hung out to dry.

It shows how one squinted into the sun when looking at the camera.

It shows an old barn in the background, appearing closer than it really was so depth in photographs was deceptive.

It shows the simplicity of old toys....just a tricycle with a cute little bell on the handlebars.

It shows that girls mostly wore dresses, home-made ones, of course.

It shows that yards were mostly weeds and not closely mowed as yards are today.

And it shows that little child, my nephew, looking like an absolute doll.  And in case you wonder, I am on the left and my big sister is on the right.

 

Old pictures, old homeplaces,old ways

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Ed & Tracy Oliva
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Barbara:  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great post keep up the geast work,and good luck in 2012,  E

May 28, 2012 06:44 AM #3
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That is a sweet photo.  There are so many details in the photos if you one just looks.  

May 28, 2012 06:51 AM #4
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Don Thompson
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Wait, let me get my magnifing glass and take a look at that young Barbara. Looks like you have some serious curls there. Do you remember sitting and having someone put that vile smelling perm solution on your hair. Us guys were out raising a little hell while the girls were enduring perms.

Notice that you have the same smile as your blog pic.

Young Barbara

May 28, 2012 07:19 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Winston, thanks for the comment!

Mark, remembering to the 60's makes you almost a baby!  LOL

Ed and Tracy, I just love old pictures, don't you?

Lawrence, you are right.

Don, I did a blog once about those permanent wave machines.  I got one as a kid and it was horrible and I never got another.  Maybe we need to rerun that old blog.  That curl on my forehead was probably put in there by those old-fashioned curlers.

May 28, 2012 09:12 AM #6
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I love your photo, Barbara.  I still like the smell of laundry that is hung outside to dry.  If the wind blows just right they can even be soft rather than stiff.  Towels and sheets are my favorites to be hung outside.

I would have never thought you had a permanent wave in your hair.  Mine was like that in big banana culrs just naturally.  It was rather annoying at times.  I can't believe anyone would endure the smell and the pain...torture! 

I like your smile...you must have been a happy child...cause you sure seem to be a happy adult...

I've been reading your blog all this time and just really noticed the "Hopefully your agent..."  Yes, and we can already say that you have servered our family for generations...well, very shortly...well, hopefully...haha!

How old were you there Ms. B?  You look so sweet and precious.  Were you?  Or, were you somewhat mischievious?  That is surely the sun rather than a sparkle in that eye!  Although they say you are like those you run with and a few of your Slueths have volunteered plenty of information showing that they are somewhat more than just mischievious...haha...

Thanks for sharing!

May 29, 2012 09:17 PM #7
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Debbie:  that is a great summation of this blog....and it's leader.  I'm thinking Barbara thinks I was such a mischievious child because she was, too.  "Takes one to know one" I've always heard.

May 30, 2012 06:29 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debbie, what a nice comment you have made regarding the smell of outdoor dried laundry and the pain of perms!  I did have only one perm in my childhood and it made my hair look awful for months and months and perhaps years! 

That little nephew made me happy.  He lived in the same house with me for a long time so we bonded.  He was so cute and so precious and I remember playing with him and teaching him little things.  Sadly he is now dead after having had a problem life.

I was a very obedient child.  I don't remember any trouble that I caused.  I also don't remember how old I was here. 

Anita, I was a good little child.....not a blessed little child like you.....but well behaved and obedient.  If I'd sneaked out the windows at night (now who said they did this?) I would have had nowhere to go except the woods and I probably was afraid of the dark!  LOL

May 30, 2012 09:20 AM #9
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Well...I was making an observation last evening...one of the young men after his meal had a sweet desert, then went to something tart, and then reached for something salty (I guess dinner didn't satisfy?)  Anyway, I wonder, does it take all three flavors to get satisfaction?  Then I thought of you and your friends...so we have established the SWEET, and the TART is declared frequently, there remains ones slight mystery....the SALTY...hmmm...

Speaking of which...I think I'm going to reach for some SALTY chips now!

Glad to know you were an obedient child...setting a good example Ms. B...there is much to be said about not having enticements about us...

May 30, 2012 10:17 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debbie, I know what you mean.  If I have ice cream I immediately need something salty to get the sweet taste gone.  I can live without the tart, however.  Except our declared "tart" active rainer.  She is a necessity....

May 30, 2012 10:27 AM #11
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Barbara- it's interesting that you can look at a photograph.. or you can really see it.  If we really take the time, we can learn a little of what a typical day would be like then. 

June 01, 2012 01:22 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Kathy, you said that so well.  That is why I like the one pictures.

June 01, 2012 01:43 PM #13
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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The good ole days...I see some pictures like that when I did out he old box in the closet. Yes, things were simpler and, in my opinion, better!

June 03, 2012 04:35 AM #14
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Valerie Zinger
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Barbara. What a treasure. Isn't technology wonderful. You get to scan the photo and share it with us. Thank you.
June 03, 2012 04:49 AM #15
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Barbara,

You are so right about learning about a time gone by and how they lived. I think my brother had a trike just like that one in the photo :). I do remember the smell of fresh sheets off the line...felt so good climbing into bed!

June 03, 2012 05:09 AM #16
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Gary, I'm not so sure they were better.  We didn't have many luxuries then BUT we appreciated what we did have more!

Valerie, I'm glad to have kept up with technology enough to scan!

Dorie, sheets smelled good but the work for our moms was grueling.

June 03, 2012 05:47 AM #17
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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I saw this post mentioned over at Kathys and found it equally as interesting...love it, how nostalgic!

June 03, 2012 07:01 AM #18
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Ellen Caruso
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I love old photos too....I like to visit my aunts in their 90's and they like to share and reflect on the old times. 

June 03, 2012 04:15 PM #19
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Kathy Sheehan
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I love black and white photos.  In fact, this is one of my favorite!

June 03, 2012 04:58 PM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Kristin, thanks for commenting on my blog.

Ellen, looking back I so wish that I'd cornered old aunts and uncles and parents and made notes of their memories.  When they are gone, the history dies.  : (

Kathy, I'll bet that is you and your dad or granddad.  Look at th eold TV in the background and your little saddle oxford shoes!  Precious.

June 03, 2012 06:11 PM #21
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Barbara, you are indeed correct.  It is me at age 3 on Easter Sunday and my GrandDad.  He is showing me the baby chicks my sister and I got for Easter.

June 04, 2012 09:08 AM #22
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