Saturday, September 4, 2010
There are occasions for formal portraits, and First Communion was one of them. Three mothers shopped for just the right summer white material and veiling, spent hours cutting, sewing, getting a 7 year old to stand still long enough to pin the hem. Prayers were practiced, hair curled. stiff dresses zipped and buttoned. After the service, a trip to the photographer and a stiff pose with few clues to a personality that makes succeeding generations study the details with great care. We try to pry the thoughts and wishes, optimism and concerns from the faces and the pose.
Clara lost her father about 3 years before her picture was taken. Delphine's family was about to step into the throes of the Great Depression. Cynthia was enjoying her childhood in a neighborhood filled with growing post war families , mom's who wore aprons in the kitchen, dad's who took the train to work, walked home from the station at 5:30 each day to be greeted by their children and escorted home.
It's Sepia Saturday! -Click HERE for more peeks into the past
Posted by MuseSwings at 7:37 AM