WHAT IS SEPIA SATURDAY?
“Launched by Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen in 2009, Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind (they don’t have to be sepia) become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history, in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images.”
This weeks theme for Sepia Saturday is Rooms, Tables, Chairs and Wood.
My paternal grandparents, Harry Gould and Marie Lindsay Gould owned a cottage right on Lake Huron in Michigan. I remember going there as a young girl. My grandmother loved to swim. Even in her later years when they lived in Florida, we would go to the beach and she would get right into the ocean to swim. She always wore her bathing cap.
Here are two pictures that feature my grandparents relaxing in their cottage. They would have been in their mid to late 60’s when these photos were taken.
I wonder what my grandmother is thinking as she sits there? She seems to be staring out the window and in deep thought. Their cottage was small, as cottages tend to be. This is looking from the sitting area/living room into the dining area and kitchen. My grandma also loved to cook and she was very good at it. I wish I had some of her recipes. I do have recipes from my other grandmother (the thing is, she wasn’t a very good cook). Isn’t that just how it goes?
Here is my grandpa sitting on the couch that would be in basically the same area that my grandma was sitting in, only on the other side of that room. In fact, he could have taken the picture of her from where he is sitting. He looks to be browsing a newspaper or magazine. I see a book sitting on the end table atop what looks like a box. The book looks very much like a Bible to me, but I can’t tell for sure.
I was just telling my friend and fellow blogger, Debby Warner Anderson, that looking at these pictures makes me very nostalgic. I want to go back in time and hug my grandparents.
Here’s a map of the exact lot that the cottage was located on. And following that a screenshot of a street view via Google maps of what it looks like now. The red arrow is pointing to the water you can just barely see in the photo. I don’t have an exact street address of the property. However, I obtained a plat map at the courthouse during one of my trips to Michigan.
I mentioned earlier that my grandma loved to swim. Here she is with my Dad (her only child) on the beach in Pompano Beach, Florida. My Dad worked as a lifeguard at the time. This would have been 1960-1965. Since there is a wooden beach chair in the background of this photo, it fits in with today’s theme quite well.
That’s all for Sepia Saturday this week. It’s been a sweet walk down memory lane for me. I hope your family photos can bring back fond memories for you too.
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