Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sepia Scenes - Where were you in 1956?

I really enjoy Mary's Sepia Scenes, as the images often come alive in the monochromatic sepia. Including the NJ seaside town of Brigantine.




What do I see at the table today? Well, there is the big sister Michele and Little Brother Ralph, posing for Grandpa's photo shoot. Cute we are, naturally at age 2 years 7 months and seventeen months. But I see the 1950s Formica tabletop and vinyl chairs, no doubt with chrome legs, the dinette style of the day. The high chair lasted through all of us seven kids into the mid 1960s. I do not know what to say about the window treatments, although undoubtedly, they were of high style in the day...


The photographer (of grandchildren) without equal is posing in the nearby resort of Atlantic City, sans casinos, in September 1956.




In the background we see some of the great AC hotels. Grandpa had a thing about the Traymore, as we have other pictures of the sage of Steubenville also known as Ralph I by the same landmark. I do not know about the Brtighton, but both buildings are long since imploded for the modern glass and steel hotels of today.

Sepia brings the past alive!





15 comments:

Linda said...

Great shots as always, Ralph! Those old formica tables sure do bring back memories, don't they?

Too bad they don't build hotels like they used to ... I think they had so much more character than the structures of today!

Bond said...

Love your older photos Ralph

Felisol said...

Shame about those stylish buildings being implode. It happens all the time in our little town too. If not as this year convenient fires make way for new concrete, steel and glass.
Your grandfather must have been a formidable man. He's got that specific look of authority and compassion.
I also had a grand stool. Mine was wooden and is long time gone.
From Felisol

Pacey said...

Perfect subject for sepia tones...

Annie said...

This is something so unique and identifiable about mid-century photos. Time seems to shine out of the pictures.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks for the memories, Ralph. I must admit I remember a similar Formica table. LOL

You were indeed a cutie back then!

Carletta said...

Cuties you both were! Uh, are. :)
I noticed the table right away and was glad you mentioned it. Growing up we had a table with a oak top and chrome legs. It was/is sturdy as my Mom still uses it to this day. The chrome vinyl chairs are long gone.
The vintage highchair looks much like my youngest brothers.
Oh, but you've taken me back in time today Ralph!
The Traymore was one spectacular building - sad those lovely architectural beauties have had to be replaced.

Tricia said...

That smile is PRICELESS, sooo adorable! hehehehe
I wasn't even thought of in the 50's & my mom was only born in 1949, but I remember a table like that at my grandma's house.

Marie Höglund said...

Lovely shots perfect in sepia.

judi said...

Our table and chairs were shades of gray, "marble". In the 80's, after she got the oak one, my mom had dad cut the table down so she could use it on the deck for flowers. Thanks for the memories. judi

Marice said...

wow its really nice to know that u still keep all your pictures as well as those memories.. and just a glimpse of that high chair, no doubt it lasted that long :)

and btw, granpa really looks cool! ;)

mine is up too

kaye said...

nice memories from the past, and a nice reminder of a building that is no more. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

nightfall00 said...

Such wonderful keepsakes and so beautiful in sepia.

@nemonen said...

Wonderful shots in sepia!

maryt/theteach said...

You're right, Ralph, sepia sure does bring pictures alive! :)