A Raise in the South: Vintage Postcards

A road winding through the hilly farms of 1910 Greene County, Pennsylvania was likely to be pitted and ice pocked in late February.  Nevertheless, birthdays, particularly of beloved grandpas, required festive acknowledgements.  The Ruse family decided to let the mail do the travelling for Christopher's seventy-third birthday, and, via USPS, invited young and old to … Continue reading A Raise in the South: Vintage Postcards

The One I Know: Florence McClure Titus

The Minor Family Album closes out with portraits of nine children, all taken between 1887-1894.  I can identify, with confidence, only one face. Framed by short bangs and soft, baby curls, the chubby toddler's brown eyes flatly state that she will hold this position but a moment longer. This is Flossie, christened Florence McClure in 1889 … Continue reading The One I Know: Florence McClure Titus

Unknown Woman In Day Cap: The Minor Family Album

This middle-aged woman sat for her portrait, held motionless by a photographer’s head rest for the minutes-long exposure. The discomfort of such stillness couldn’t keep an impish grin from her face.  Woman in a Day Cap’s identity and relationship to my family has been lost. Her photograph, however, can serve now as a mid-nineteenth century fashion … Continue reading Unknown Woman In Day Cap: The Minor Family Album

Windows To My Past

Vintage photographs lead to vintage family.  Folks that shared an historical context and proximity, whose connections of love and sorrow shaped decisions that are even now rippling through my time. I love looking at these eyes, windows to my past, staring back into my present. Thomas W Rogers of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania took this portrait of my … Continue reading Windows To My Past

The Story Lies In His Hand

Page Five of The MINOR FAMILY ALBUM How good it is to see familiar faces!! The fifth page frames a young couple's portrait, carefully staged to tell the story of a momentous autumn day. Robert Minor had just taken May Stevenson's hand in marriage. The twenty-three year old groom was dressed in well-tailored pin-striped pants worn with a frock coat … Continue reading The Story Lies In His Hand