Today we travel back to the 1920's. I have been immersed in family history this last week. As I explained in the last T.T.T. I am scanning my mother's photographs for her. They range from the 1850's to the present. I became lost in the 20's and 30's watching my parents and their brothers and sisters grow up. I fell in love with my very blond little parents and their simple lives.
The photos I chose today enchanted me. So often those old photos were so stiffly posed but these two break that mold. I see life happening to my parents and they were not happy!
In this first one we see some Ellsworth children in the fall 1921 or winter of 1922. The girls are sporting the haircut of the day, a very shot bob, and big bows in their hair. They have on long dark stockings and sturdy, sensible shoes. The boys are in their short pants and wear long stockings as well. It must have been a a chilly day in Mesa (maybe all of 50 degrees, brr!) because they are wearing their winter coats and sweaters. This is the home of my grandparents George Franklin "Frank" & Annie Dean Ellsworth. He described it as one of the first brick homes in Mesa. The children piled on the family car are posing happily but if you take a peek inside the rear window you will see a very unhappy baby. That's my Dad! He was born July 12, 1921. I have also discovered someone else in there with him who my Mom did not see when she labeled this photo. I am fairly certain it is my Aunt Dora. Why little George was so sad we won't ever know but isn't he adorable?
L. to R. on the car are Ruth Ellsworth, two Griner cousins (sons of Franks' sister Hilda), and Lora Corbett Ellsworth (Dora's twin sister).
Next, we journey northeast to Bluewater, New Mexico and approximately 1923-24.
The family of Don Carlos and Ida Lee Hamblin had moved there from Nutrioso, Arizona where my mother had been born on December 5, 1922. I don't know the occasion, why my Aunts Priscilla and Fay are posing in their dainty dresses, but one thing is certain. The Hamblins had a few funny daughters!
Who has conspired to mess up this otherwise darling picture, therefore making it even more sweet? That's my silly Aunt Fern who has jumped into the background (not to be left out!). There's little baby Shirley (one sock off & one sock on...) walking into the shot and who is that little doll by the house? The one who is pouting because she could not pose with her big sisters?
I am so glad that I can share these precious moments in time with you! They tug my heart backward and make me so grateful for everyone who went before me and gave me the lovely life that I have!