Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ralph is as Ralph Does

I have been living in the past - again. Nothing new for regular readers, but I have been looking at old B&W prints of the three Ralves (plural of Ralph?) and decided to scan same. I can only guess as to the approximate dates on Ralph I and II, but am more certain about me. Not that I remember...

<------- RVI - approx 1919-20, either in...I don't know where - Manitou Springs is in Colorado, not West Virginia or Ohio (he lived in California from 1919-1921). A stop off the train??

With a new TV in about 1952,
undoubtedly a Motorola, his brand (see here) ------->


<----- My father, RVII. He was born in October 1927, so I am placing this in 1928, so he was able to sit up. This scan was tough, as the print has a bronze color and with a texture that seems to throw the light around. I'll try different settings in the next scan;
I'll guess that this color (yes, color) shot at age 26 (1952-3) at the New Philadelphia (Ohio) Times. He always pre
ferred a manual typewriter


More revealing of myself. In 1955. What has not changed over the years is how fast babies grow and start um...filling out their clothes rather quickly. I noticed with ours how they outgrew onesies, sleepers, etc, requiring the child to be stuffed like a sausage in its casing...



Michele and
me dressed appropriately to our sleepwear. I'm sure the conversation between Mom, Michele and myself was on the order of; "After you get dressed, you can see Grandpa". A subtle psychology only moms can use to persuade tired little ones to conform to your wishes...

And in 1964 at a real dive (although I was only nine, I wouldn't use that term to describe what I'd call it today, quaint). But Grandpa took pictures of all six grandkids each in front of the landlocked boat. No doubt, the glitzy casinos in Atlantic City today means that this place is long gone. Of all of these, I do sort of remember the boat/bar.
I will continue to scan these as fast as I can...

4 comments:

Leora said...

Wonderful. If your father was born in 1927, he's three years younger than my mother. I scheduled a post about my mother for tomorrow morning. She died exactly ten years ago.

I can understand needing to post the oldies.

Linda said...

What a great retrospective of Ralphs through the ages!

The picture of you and your sister reminds me of pictures that my mom has of my oldest brother and I.

Bond said...

Most excellent Ralph...The family history is so important to keep going.

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely that you have these photos. I have so few as we had a flood and lost so many.