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Week 3:
Favorite Photo
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Another Favorite Photo

This is my fourth year participating in the 52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks Challenge, therefore this is the fourth time I am writing a post for the prompt “Favorite Photo”. [1, 2, 3] This year I decided to look through my box of old family photos to find a previously not scanned photograph worthy of being a favorite. Looking through the box of photos I realize many have not been digitized because they are out of focus, faded, poor composition, not labeled, or landscapes. However, at the very bottom of the box, I discovered an 8″x11″ photography studio folder with a charming image inside worthy of being a favorite.

A Little Girl and Her Doll

Upon opening the photo folder, I immediately recognized the little girl in the photograph. It is my mother when she was a child. I soon discovered a small slip of paper tucked behind the photograph that confirmed my belief. Additionally, the note indicates the photo was taken in 1930 in South Bend, IN at 481 West Monroe St. My great-grandmother (Ella Rumple King 1869-1962 [4]) ran a boarding house for a couple of years at 418 W. Monroe St., so I think that is where the photo was taken. The house is no longer there, the city constructed a large ball field (Four Winds Field) where West Monroe once ran.

Photo Provenance

I am fortunate to be able to consult with the subject of this particular photograph for confirmation. I emailed my mother a digitized version of the photograph and the note, and she told me she does not recall seeing this photo before! How is that possible? She believes the handwriting on the note belonged to her Aunt Elsie, (1890-1984) who also lived in South Bend in 1930. [5] (Elsie’s address has also been taken over by the ball field.) So, it may be this photograph was in Aunt Elsie’s possession until she passed away. The photograph was probably given to my mother at that time, then promptly put into a box of other old photographs, forgotten about, and subsequently ended up with me when I took possession of most of the old family photos. Whew!

Betty Dyer 1930 6x8
Betty Dyer 1930 back

Photo Details

My mother tells me she recognizes the dress she is wearing in the photo as the one she wore in her Uncle Warren’s (1908-1968) wedding. Warren King married on May 31, 1930, which is consistent with the note. [6] My mother tells me her dress was cream colored. She also says the boutonniere she is wearing in the photo was made of Forget-Me-Not’s. In addition, the doll my mother is holding in the photo is one she received as a gift the previous Christmas and the doll’s dress and bonnet were light blue. Last year, I wrote about a memory my mother has of this doll for the week 39 prompt “Steps.” [7]

Forget Me Not

Conclusion

I don’t know why I previously overlooked this photo of my mother. But, I am glad I have now scanned it, shared it, and made it a favorite photo. Finding this photo in a box I have looked through many times is, above all, a lesson for me. I should re-visit my collections and see what else I have overlooked, or have a new context for. Further, while writing this post, I recalled I have a photograph of my father taken in 1930, similarly posed and roughly the same age as the photo of my mother.

Read my other Favorite Photo posts:

Bob LaFara c1930 3x4

More Favorite Photos

William and Uva Lafara

William (1910-1918) and Uva (1913-1991) Lafara were my second cousins, once removed. The children of Jesse Lafara, all three are buried in Summitville, Madison County, IN.

John LaFara, 1910

John LaFara, 1910

My paternal great grandfather was a farmer and laborer.  Other than his engagement photo, he is always in dirty work clothes in photos.

Earl LaFara, 1907

Earl LaFara, 1907

My paternal grandfather is a teenager in this photo, proving teenagers of all eras can be silly.

Grace Osborne, 1928

Grace Osborne, 1928

My paternal great aunt was lots of fun. Here she is hamming it up with a neighbor child, Mary Ann Buskel.

Pearl Osborne, 1914

Pearl Osborne, 1914

My paternal grandmother was just 21 when this photo was taken. I colorized it using PhotoShop and chose to imagine her wearing a dress trimmed in her favorite color.

Homer King, 1885

Homer King, 1885

This is a very small tin-type photo of my maternal great grandfather. He was just 20 years old in this image and it is the oldest photo in my mother’s collection.

Roxie King, 1910

Roxie King, 1910

My maternal great aunt was just a teenager in this photo. She seems to be playing dress-up in an oversized coat and hat.

Edith King and Ella Rumple King, 1918

Edith King and Ella Rumple King, 1918

My maternal grandmother and great grandmother posed on a hay rake.  I like this image because of the outfits they are wearing. 

SOURCES:

  1. Blog post, Family Finds: Rumple Family Photo; https://barblafara.com/rumple-family-photo/
  2. Blog post, Family Finds: William and Uva LaFara, Favorite Photo;; https://barblafara.com/william-and-uva-lafara-favorite-photo/
  3. Blog post, Family Finds: Favorite Photo; https://barblafara.com/favorite-photo/
  4. Profile for Elsie King, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107441017/facts
  5. Profile for Warren King, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109051111/facts
  6. Profile for Ella Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484524/facts
  7. Blog post, Family Finds: In The Paper; https://barblafara.com/in-the-paper/

1 Comment

  1. Anne Young

    It is a lovely photo with a happy smile and I am glad you were able to ask your mother about it and share her memories.

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