Friday, January 9, 2009
9th Edition of Smile for the Camera: Who Are You? I Really Want to Know
I have two submissions for this edition, and am equally intrigued by both, for somewhat different reasons.
First pictures: I have to give a little bit of background on this one. Anyone who has recently read either my blog or Judith Shubert's blog Genealogy Traces may have gotten a hint of a little mystery we have found. It all began when I clicked on my link for Judith's blog and the first thing I saw was the picture you will see when you click here. I had a sudden jolt of recognition. I was sure that I had seen a picture of this woman among my mother's old photograph albums that I inherited. In addition, I was aware of Judith's Texas connections, and both of my parents were from Texas. My first response was to pull the old albums out and find the picture that Judith's picture reminded of. No joy – that picture was not in there, nor was it among some of the loose pictures I had, either. But I did find a couple of small pictures that reminded me of the person in Judith's picture and those are the ones you see above. I posted them on my blog and left a comment on the relevant post on Genealogy Traces. Judith and I have been corresponding, trying to figure out who my mystery person is and whether there is a family connection. We have not been able to establish a definite connection, but there are some eerie coincidences....
Second picture: The lady in this picture appears in several of my mother's old pictures, with and without the two little boys. She also appears in one or two "line-up" pictures with my mother and her sisters and sisters-in-law. A couple of my cousins who can identify many of the people in my mother's old pictures have taken a look at these pictures and cannot identify these people. The picture appears to be dated in the early 1940s. The area was probably Bomarton or Seymour in Baylor County, Texas, although it might have been Southern California.