Saturday, July 14, 2018

SEPIA SATURDAY ~ Today’s Theme is Children, Dogs, Prams & Sticks or any combination thereof


“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.”

My offerings today include dogs and children.  I’ll be darned if I could locate a pram or a stick in any of my photos.  These are photos from my paternal and maternal side, my husband’s family, and my cousin’s family.

MILNE_Patricia with her little dog
My Mom, Patricia A. Milne with her dog, circa 1928 - Detroit, Michigan

GOULD_William and his wife Mae Thorp and their dog
My great grandparents, Mae & William Gould with their dog, circa 1920 - Detroit, Michigan
GOULD_Norm & his 3rd grade class at Norcrest Elementary 1960-61_PompanoBchBrowardFL_annot
My brother Norm (brown arrow) and his 3rd grade class, 1960-61 - Norcrest Elementary School, Pompano Beach, Florida
Gypsy_our little cockapoo_Jul 1967_Monarch St backyard_San Diego California
Our dog, Gypsy, July 1970 - in our backyard in San Diego, CA.
FINK_DorothyandAl_as toddlers_enh
My husband's mother Dorothy Fink and her brother Elwood "Al" Fink, circa 1915-1916 - Buffalo, New York
Hockster_Everett & Ellen_circa 1925
My 1st cousin once removed, Everett William Hockster and his sister Ellen, circa 1915
My half brother, John Zimmerman, 1946 - probably Detroit, Michigan


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall


  1. I really enjoy seeing people with their dogs. Your grandparents' dog struck such a dignified pose - just like his owners! Lots of lovely photos here.

    1. I agree Kathy. I always enjoy pictures that include ancestor's pets. My great grandparents took a lot of photos and for that I’m very grateful.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What a great collection of true sepia photos...of children including that one of your cousin, Ellen who kicked out as the shutter was clicked. Glad that they saved that photo anyway. Many times the less than perfect photos would be tossed out.

    1. Thanks Barbara. I must have looked at that photo of my cousins, Everett and Ellen a dozen or more times. I never noticed her leg kicking out. Just shows you what details we can miss. Thanks for pointing that out.

  3. Super photos! Your mother's photo is a classic! In the classroom photo I like how the photographer has insisted that every kid place their arm flat on the desk. The classroom pose is so much better than a group posed on stage risers. The details of lesson plans, desk arrangements, teacher's dress, etc. make for a more memorable history of school life.

    1. I noticed that about the kids in the classroom too Mike. I agree that the classroom photo makes a better picture than one with the kids outside, for all the reasons you named.

  4. All the pix are great, but my fav' has to be your Mom and her doggie - both adorable. "Gypsy" in the San Diego backyard comes in a very close second, however. Most enjoyable post! :)

    1. Hard to pick a favorite for me. I just love sepia and black & white pictures. They put our ancestors in a place and time and they speak to me even more than colored photography at times. I appreciate your comment.

  5. Hard to choose a favorite photo, these are all so great! Wonderful to have that photo of your Mom, and the classroom photo of your brother Norm (same name as my Dad) takes me back to the duck-and-cover days of hiding beneath those same desks during air raid drills. But if I were pressed for a favorite it would have to be Al Fink, who looks no-nonsense even in this childhood photo.

    1. I remember those duck and cover drills Molly. You’re right about Uncle Al, he was a no nonsense kinda guy.


I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.