Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - East Hartford Easter

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives courtesy of Tracy - based normally down under in Brisbane, but currently on holiday on the Great Barrier Reef. Hoping you are enjoying the sun and surf...

This week's submission takes me back to my youth in East Hartford Connecticut. The year is 1968, the day Easter Sunday, in the front yard along Wickham Drive. The yellow easter finery is on sister Michele, the era where a new outfit was often purchased.

The two gentlemen are also named Ralph, Grandpa (L) and my father. Shadows abound, under the three participants.

A shadow falls underneath the new family hauler, a maroon 1968 VW Microbus with a mere 57 horsepower (43 Kw).

All I remember was that this VW was slooooow, molasses flowing faster than this. However, when shadows are available, who cares about speed?

Time and poor storage have not been kind to these prints, full of fade and blemish. I scanned these a few years ago, and I do not have proper photo software to fix, so edits were not made. Yet, the past seems quite alive even if full of scratches. My seventh grade memories are a bit scratchy these days too...See more of the shadowy world at the always fun Hey Harriet!


Sylvia K said...

Great shots from the past, Ralph! And they're always a fun way to revisit our younger years! They don't look too bad to me, I think you did a great job with them! Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!


forgetmenot said...

Great shots of the past--fond memories are brought forth, I'm sure. I, too, remember when "Easter" ALWAYS meant a new outfit. Have a nice weekend, Ralph. Mickie :)

Cassie said...

I love the way you mix the pics for the past into your Shadow Shot Gallery! The photos of your family are always such fun. Ralph & Ralph are a perfect example of 1950's gentlemen. And sis is sweet in her Easter finery too. Thanks for this blast from the past!

ps-Patrick & I are going to a murder mystery dinner tonight that takes place in the 50's. Fun!

Jeanne said...

I well remember that Easter from my senior year. We four girls always had new dresses. Yellow was my color of choice in 1968. Love the shadows!

Gallery Juana said...

Fond memories!
Love the yellow dress, and I remember getting a new outfit to wear for Easter as well.

Seeing a VW bug or Van always puts a smile on my face.
I think the signs of age give a photo its character. And funny how there is software to give a digital pic that "vintage" look.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Patti said...

Memories...I think the photos look great!

Anonymous said...

A lovely snippet of family history!

sarayutouched said...

a glimpse of the past always warms the heart!! happy sss ralph!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Those VW buses were nothing but little sardine cans on wheels--but I loved 'em!


Shadow, shadow, if I could,
I would meet you in the wood,
Where the frenzied fairies play
In the blazing light of day.

But, dear shadow, I dare not
Go to that secluded spot,
For I fear the woodland path
And what’s more, the fairies’ wrath!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Frosty Shadows

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember new Easter outfits, and my memory goes back a little farther than yours, so my finery usually included white gloves and a hat! It was always such a treat.
I also remember VW buses, and the first camperized ones on the west coast of Canada in the mid-60s.
Old photos are wonderful, and it's nice to see the two previous generations of Ralph.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Catherine said...

I am enjoying these shots from the past - I also loved the Atlantic City boardwalk - what else do you have in your sixties archives??

Sarah said...

Interesting shots from your history Ralph. I like the colour of your sister's dress, and the scrathes and creases on the photos only add to their charms. We used to have a VW Beetle and it had a very distinctive engine noise that I cna still remember. I wonder if your can did too.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What great old pictures Ralph....not to say your sister is old...!! It's always fun to look back at times in the past - we especially love seeing how things have changed - like that evergreen beside your sis - betcha that is huge now (if it is still around!)
Enjoy your weekend Ralph!

Gemma Wiseman said...

O what memories! I love the touch of scratch and wrinkle in these photos! Adds character and also suggests that these photos have been gazed upon many times!

Sam said...

Great shots! I love the suits that your two gentlemen relatives are wearing especially. I don't think they make suits as smart as that these days. These photos now scanned will be easily touched up when or if you feel like it, although I rather like them with the odd blemish - it gives them more character!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph
So now we see your name sake ?
Two very handsome and rather dashing gentlemen in their fine suits!
Even their shadows look distinguished : )
Ah ! and your sister looking very polished in her new dress .. the VW is perfect!! .. I can still hear that motor slug away : )
I was in grade 5 about that time .. everything back then was amazed me ? LOL
Joy : )
Thank you for your sweet comments on my last living plant from my garden .. it was a special rose: )

A Wild Thing said...

Fun shots, I graduated in 67, so the memories of those Easter duds are still vivid in my mind, woulda rather worn sweatshirts n jeans though...ha!

Speaking of slow(VW), I think my PC got the cure last night, it's running faster than ever...must fear for it's life(compost pile)...LOL...say hi to Patty and have a great week!!!

Kelly said...

I just love how you take us back in time - a time I'm very familiar with, at that. (at least what I can recall of it!) I have my share of Easter photos, too. Yes, always new finery and for years, gloves and hats for the ladies (and girls).

LV said...

Very nice family and friends shadows.

chubskulit said...

I adore all your old photos Ralph, it's always nice to reminisce those old memories.

If you have time, please come and see the artistic shadows from the leaves that I captured, have a blessed Sunday!

Ms. Becky said...

I just really love your vintage photos Ralph. what a treat. they speak to a different era alright - when Easter Sunday best was all the rage. these photos are treasures. thanks for sharing. and happy SSS to you. have a great week.

Chubby N Chieque said...

What a mesmerizing moments.

Very nice shot specially the 2 handsome men, §:-)

Happy SSS.

Jeanette said...

Old photos are awesome. They take us back and help us remember those special moments from our past, or help others to share theirs with us. I love looking at old photos to see the many changes in clothing, hair styles and such.
Nice post!

Paula Scott said...

Sorry to be so late checking in-busy weekend again!
I love these flash backs in time. Easter Sunday used to be when we would take family photos-right after church while we still looked 'good'!
You can try to repair your photos in Picasa ( which is free and part of the Google family. Or, for around $100.00 there is Photoshop Elements. I'll bet you can do some pretty good repairs in the free one though.