Saturday, April 9, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sage of Steubenville

Shadow Shot Sunday is a fun meme hosted by Tracy in Brisbane. The changing light works its artistic magic in a multitude of subjects, places and perhaps even times. 

The subject here is the one I was named for, my grandpa, Ralph, the Sage of Steubenville (Ohio). Some can attest of my many blog posts that include pictured of and by him. Born in 1902 in West Virginia, he was quite intelligent even with only an eighth grade education (perhaps an accomplishment in his place and time) in 1916. So he was more self taught, and this included a trip to the west coast at age 17. 

He was into cameras at a young age, his last one a German made Exa camera from the 1950s (probably today's SLR equivalent of a Nikon D5000). He took pictures and had his taken all the time. These old gems have shadows, reflections and the character of a bigger than life gentleman.

Above, the year is probably 1921, the place is the Manitou Springs in Colorado. He looks the era with his slicked back hair and the well defined shadow. Below, he is about to enter the Shelburne Hotel in Atlantic City, perhaps about 1956. Shadows, reflections and an aura of class is what we all see....

When he passed away in 1981, I was given a box of these prints, and have scanned hundreds of prints in the last couple of years. Shadows abounded back then, too. The coolness of shadows are all around, see more at the always fun meme Hey Harriet!

26 comments:

frayedattheedge said...

What lovely photos to have, to back over the years. I have very few photos of my gradparents (I only had one set!)

Ms. Becky said...

whoa, these are some grand photos. I'm glad they've been saved. look at that reflection in the second one, oh that's lovely. and the shadows. thanks for sharing these Ralph, this just made my day.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful old photos, Ralph, and how wonderful to have been able to scan them for you and your family to enjoy! Wonderful shadows then, too!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Gallery Juana said...

These are really cool and I love how we get glimpses of the past. I'm slowly getting some of mine scanned.

I miss the feeling and realism that we get with black and white and film.

Happy shadow sunday!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Goodness! This is the best post I ever read for so long.

Love oldie but goodie! Vintage is so much charming rather than the raw touch of the new era.

10 Thumbs UP, bro.

Hope you enjoy your sunny w/end.

Take care always.
/chie

Ms. Burrito said...

Pretty shadows!


Will you visit my entry, pretty please?

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Old photos...and waves of nostalgia wash over me...

WELCOME THE SHADOWS

Welcome the shadows surrounding your life,
Treat them as lover or husband or wife;
Welcome them in as you would one who’s dear;
Hug them, embrace them without any fear;
Honor, respect them, and give them their due,
For shadow and light are both parts of you.


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Deep Shadows Beckon

Greyscale Territory said...

Wonderful vintage photos! A glimpse of other worlds in other times! Fascinating!

Cindy said...

Love the story, and the timeless photo. Thanks for sharing.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

I'm sure that you all ready know that we absolutely love these photos Ralph! Old photos are our passion :) Knowing the people in them is even better! Many times we have left estate sales with boxes of photos that no one wanted...we adopt them so that they may live on!
Your Grandfather looks like he was quite the adventurer....much like his grandson we think!
Have a great week Ralph!!

Dimple said...

I think family stories like yours are interesting. I wrote one for a college assignment, and interviewed my father-in-law for research. He was born in northern Idaho in 1918, and I discovered that an 8th grade education was common for country children in that era. That was as far as he and his two brothers went. Their sister (who is still alive and will be 99 soon) got a job in town for room and board so she could go to high school.

However, an 8th grade education was much more complete then than it is today.

Thanks for coming by!

chubskulit said...

Wow so you are named after your pap eh. He had a very contagious smile too. So you have a heart for WV hehehe.

Beverley Baird said...

Such memories and photos to be able to share. Love the way you are able to see all the shadows even from these oldre photos.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

These are great photos Ralph, I love the one of him with his slick back hair. He looks very debonair.

Shrqz said...

It's really nice and nostalgic looking at some old photos right?

Visit my Husband and son's Shadow. Thanks

Hey Harriet said...

These are beautiful photos of your Grandpa. I have a box of old photos of my grandparents that I need to scan. I best get onto that! Thanks so much for sharing yours. You've inspired me to devote some time to mine now! Have a great week Ralph :)

Spadoman said...

Great photos, and wonderful memories of your father. My dad passed in 1983, but Mom lived on until just lastv year. I didn't get the box of pictures until 2010. But they're similar, these old photos. Surropundings, hair styles, attire and the autos all seem to put them into an era. (Most in B&W too). Nice job.

Peace

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Loved this post Ralph!! I say....you can be educated to a highest degree on a certain subject in college and graduate with honors...but LIFE is more of the education you need...so, being an 8th grade graduate has nothing to do with the high intelligence of a man. My opinion.



My Sunday's Link:

In the Shadows of your Mind

It's always a delight to have you visit with me when you get a chance...Hope your Sunday treats you well.

EG Wow said...

Every time I see your vintage photos I'm reminded of how lucky you are to have so many of them. What a treasure, Ralph!

I'm late this week (EW!) so thought I'd better send you my link:
http://moreofme24.blogspot.com/2011/04/stained-glassshadow-shot-sunday.html

sarayutouched said...

what a treasure was given to you indeed ralph. thanks for posting these photos and sharing your story.

Joan said...

I love looking through all of our family photos too. I can't help but smile. Great stories they tell!

Paula Scott said...

Wow, what a treasure of images, Ralph! A sense of history and a connection to the past. And, how disciplined you are to have scanned so many of them!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Wow Ralph...I love those shots! Especially the first one...too cool!! Your grandpa sounds and looks like a great guy. Thanks for sharing to cool old photos. Happy Sunday :)

Woody said...

These are great, thanks for sharing them. Your grandpa looks quite dashing. I really enjoy photos from this era.

GinaLaughed said...

Wow, wow, wow! Stunning vintage images! Thanks so much for sharing them. I'd love to have a box of old photos of my grandparents so I could scrapbook them! :)

Here's mine: http://aftergodsownheart.com/blog/?p=171

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was a fun post. I enjoy reading family stories and hope to scan some of our old photos myself one of these times. These pictures showed up great as do the ones below, but I did not see an image on your Ruby Tuesday post. The book sounds cute though and it's always great to know that kids are still reading!!!