Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sepia Scenes Surround Steeltown Steubenville


Sepia often can mask the age of old, unrestored black and white photos.Which is why I have chosen these for Mary's
Sepia Scenes
. Not so much the photo on the left, which had a new negative shot in the 1970s, but a companion photo on the right. The photo quality is poor, but the sepia adds a bronze accent to the scene that offsets the scratches...
Some may have seen the 1920 photo on the left before. Grandpa (Ralph I) is second from the left at somewhere at around 18-19 years in this family shoot.

I am certain that this is Steubenville Ohio, the family migrating from nearby West Virginia. His half -sister is to the left, and is with his parents. It appears that the family appears the same day in the other photo. Grandpa isn't in this one, as I think he shot this pose. I do not know the other people, but in those days, dressing up for the photo shoot was expected, and everybody complied. And the results give us a glimpse into a far different era than today... of honest and proud people. Visit the world of sepia at Mary's great meme!

20 comments:

Robin said...

Old family photos are such a treasure. I love that second one, it's much more relaxed than the images you usually see from that era.

Bond said...

You have a treasure trove of memories Ralph. Thanks for sharing

Catherine said...

They look so "modern" and spontaneous ! They laugh quite naturally. No pose here.
Write their names in the back , for your children not to forget.

maryt/theteach said...

These are outstanding shots, Ralph! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Felisol said...

Dear Ralph,
your sepia scenes are rare beauties.
All the exciting details coming forward when the photos are enlarged.
They are well worth to be studied.
Thanks for sharing.
From Felisol

Rose said...

you are so lucky to have these old photos...our family has very, very few old photos. I sometimes spend hours at the American Memory site looking at old photos...

Tricia said...

I'm loving these photos - 1st of all, I never see anyone smiling the way these folks are in pictures that long ago.

2nd - Steubenville, Oh is where Dino Paul Crocetti was born - better known as Dean Martin!!! I'm a fan of Dino's!

It's so great to actually see smiles on their faces - because all I was ever told when I was little & asked why no one ever smiled back then, was, "There was nothing to smile about back then!"

Tricia said...

OMGosh, I just scrolled down & found the photo of your father lounging w/ Dean!!! FANTABULOUS!!! I would love to have been a reporter & been able to interview him!!! Just to hear him talk - I love his voice!!!

PJ said...

Sepia is very forgiving...it can resurrect most anything if it's applied correctly. I really like these photos and the story that goes with them. I hope to see more about your family.

Mojo said...

Photography, like many things, was very different 90 years ago than it is today. And the concept of a "photo shoot" has changed just as drastically. It was more of an "occasion" then, and people treated it that way.

Carletta said...

I know Steubenville well Ralph.
I was up that way a few months ago. My Dad had an Aunt who lived up in that area we would go visit when the steel mills were everywhere back in the day.
Love your photos. They are treasures.
You and Patti have had a few posts that make me want to go through some family albums I just haven't done it yet.

ilanadavita said...

Great choices fo thi smeme. Old photos do indeed work well for sepia effects.

Leora said...

Love all the smiles. And the way they dressed. I feel like I know them.

Abe Lincoln said...

This is a lovely set of photographs.

splummer said...

HI!
Beautiful Photos! Just love old family photos even though sometimes we don't know who is in them. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Jientje said...

Those are treasures!! I love old pictures!

Dianne said...

I'm a Dean Martin fan too :)

the photo is wonderful in sepia, it makes the light magical

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Old family phots are so fun to look at -- even if it's someone else's family. ;-)

Annie said...

What a treat to see these pictures. I've been to Steubenville. Our son went to grad school there. A month after our one visit there I met a blogger who lives in Steubenville and we have become good friends. What a treat. Oh I said that. Well, it is!!

Autrice DelDrago: said...

Annie, thank you for the link to Ralph's page.

Ralph, if you do have more old Steubenville photos and are willing to send along copies in email, would you let me know? I have a few photographs dating as far back as the 1920's and I am looking for more in order to get a feel for different parts of the city during those time periods. I'm looking at the buildings in the background, geological reference points, and other period characteristics. Thanks so much.

Also, we do have a museum downtown that has family news and information, provided someone from the family placed it. I spend a lot of time there and wouldn't mind looking to see if your family has any information recorded there.