“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
~Henri Cartier-Bresson



Thursday, August 6, 2009

Vintage Thursday: Mom's baby pictures

These are three photos of my Mother when she was a small child. The one above was taken on the Ranch in Napa, CA. at 1913 Silverado Trail, just outside of town on the Trancas Creek. She was probably about a year old. That's my great grandma in the background.
Mom and her brother, sister and parents lived in Berkeley but spent a lot of time at the Ranch. Mom's father died when she was 5 years old and her mother brought them back to the Ranch to live. Her mother(my grandmother) went to work as a cook at the State Hospital in Imola, south of Napa and the extended family all helped raise the children.
Mom was always ready to care for someone or something as evident in the photo above ,taken around 1920, as she watches over her stuffed dog, bear and dolly. Looks like there was a party going on...., she always loved a party.
I love this photo. It's so Mom. The stance, the Maryjane's with socks rolled over just so and the hat..., set back on her head so the sun lights her face...,and that smile, oh that wonderful smile. She was beautiful then and she was beautiful throughout her whole life. The beauty was from within..., it was a goodness and a love of life that came through in everything that she did.
I wish I had known that little girl, but I'm so thankful that I knew the woman and that she was our Mom. My sister and I were so very lucky to be her daughters.

Please check in at Colorado Lady's blog for more "vintage" lovely things.
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14 comments:

Coloradolady said...

What a sweet post. You are right, that one photo is just so sweet. Have a great VTT!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Your so blessed to have photo's of your dear mother. I only have but a handful. I treasure them but can't hel wishing I had more. Your mom in the maryjane's is adorable.

susanc said...

What wonderful photos.

Farmhouse Kitchen said...

The photos are lovely. I really think that the one of her with the stuffed bear and doll are adorable.

You're lucky to have such treasures.

Kindest Regards,
Kary

Becky said...

Okay, I am misting up now. Such a sweet tribute to your Mom!

Thank you.

jojo said...

I love the last photo...beautiful, heart-warming post. Thank you..

castlewon said...

I agree. Great pictures.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a lovely post and gorgeous photos!!..i love that dolly & pram :)

Karen Deborah said...

precious, so glad you have these to linger over and treasure.

Roslyn said...

Sweet those baby pics of Mom-I don't have any early pics of my Mum, she was the 5th. of nine children-I doubt they had a camera even!

Jewelgirl said...

I love old photos, you are fortunate
to have these family treasures.
Enjoyed your post. :)

bowerbirdz said...

Lovely photos and lovely memories.

Candace said...

Such wonderful photos! I've been to that part of the Silverado Trail - I'll bet it doesn't look anything like that now! Looks like your mom had a wonderful childhood!
Cheers!

Apifera Farm said...

Oh so bittersweet and wonderful these are!