Christmas Family Portrait 1948

Everyday until Christmas, I am going to try to post a picture from a past family Christmas. 

Christmas 1948 Family

Christmas 1948 Family picture

The picture was taken on Christmas Eve 1948 in my parents apartment.  On the left is my grandmother holding a doll, Fran my grandmother’s sister is next to her, my mother is in the kitchen doorway, I am next to my mother, Pat (Fran’s daughter) is front left, my Uncle Russ, and Grandpa.  I assume my father is taking the picture since he is missing.  I always like looking at the background in these old pictures.  In this one you can see a little into the kitchen.  There is an old stove with a kettle sitting on a burner.  The stove has a shelf and on the self is a clock and two coffee carafes.  I remember that kitchen was very small, and there was a small table that fit the three of us. Notice the knick-knack shelf on the wall.  I think my mother had that one and others in all of her houses until the day she died.  I know my grandmother did.  I don’t see them anymore, but they were kind of nice for displaying items.  I know I am always looking for shelf space to display things.  A few of those around would help.  The knick-Knack shelves now are plain square boxes. I love to see how styles of furniture, kitchen appliances, clothes, and hair styles change over the years.  The trees were always real with the bigger lights and tinsel.


Christmas 1940

From now until Christmas, I am going to try to post a picture from past family Christmas’ each day. 

Russ and family Christmas 1940

Fred. Dorothy, Russ, and Helen Christmas 1940

I love this picture of my grandparents, mother, uncle, and their dog.  My grandfather is sitting in a wicker chair with a glass of wine.  My mom is sitting on the floor next to him barely visible, and my uncle is sitting on the floor with the dog.  My grandmother is next to my uncle on floor. I noticed the crochet pillow on the sofa.  My grandmother made afghans with crochet squares like the ones on the pillows.  The sofa was a wedding present to my grandparents from my grandfather’s parents and there was a chair that matched.  The sofa and chair lasted 57 years and was reupholstered twice during those years.  It was still in good shape when they had to sell their house and go to a nursing home.  I also noticed the plants in the window.  She always had lots of plants in her front windows.  The Christmas tree is in the corner and I notice that in addition to the electric lights there are candles.  One looks like it very close to the curtains.  In this picture my grandfather is 44, my grandmother 42, my mom 16, and my uncle is nine years old.