Friday, September 7, 2012

Old Faded Pictures

Alan Burnett at News from Nowhere frequently posts old faded pictures, many of which feature his family in times past. I'm always envious when people bring out old family pictures because we have so few. My grandparents' house burned when my parents were newly married, so there have been no pictures coming down that family line. What we have are a few that have come to us from extended family. This one I recently got from a second cousin, the son of the dapper fellow at the center of the group.

This group of Appalachian stereotypes are my father, his brother, and five of their first cousins. That's my dad at the far right and my Uncle Bill at the far left. The fellow in the center became a successful businessman; the rest were farmers and factory workers, preachers and bootleggers. The one standing next to my dad died young in a hotel fire. Based on the ages of the boys when the picture was taken, I judge it to be 1923 or 24. Thanks for the photo, Phil.


  1. It is a fabulous photograph. Such things are so infused with history, so redolent of their times. I am so glad that you have managed to locate this photo - let's hope it is the first of many.

  2. What a wonderful old photograph! Maybe more will surface in the future.

  3. Replies
    1. Too late, John, he's long out of business. Maybe I'll do a blog on him soon.

  4. This reminds me of many of my parents old photos - on both sides. They are so fun to look at and ponder how life was once upon a time for those who were here just before us.