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What is the oldest photo you own?

Since I have photo albums that were handed down from my grandmother . . . I have some rather old pictures. Not the oldest pictures ever. The oldest ones that I’ve found are from 1934. Just a regular sort of old but still interesting.

I’m not sure how I ended up with some of the photo albums. Probably because I’m the only one interested in them. She did have a recipe book that everyone wanted to take a peek at, except for me. Well, I would like the recipe for the double chocolate coconut cookies.

I looked through some of the photo albums. I was hoping that I had these specific pictures. I’m so glad that I do!

My grandma is the one holding the basketball. Notice that she is not standing up straight. She was really the tallest one in the picture.
This is my favorite picture of my grandma.

“Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.


  1. JunkChuck – Westsylvania, PA, USA – Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
    JunkChuck says:

    I’m a big guy. I used to be in love with a 6′ tall woman–she was smart, beautiful, and could shoot free throws all day without ever missing. She was offered 6 volleyball scholarships but chose the school where we met because of all the trees, and when I’d see her from the distance, walking through a crowd, she always slouched. I was not a great boyfriend, being young and stupid, but she once told me she liked that she could stand straight when she was beside me. Twenty-five years later, and that doesn’t seem like a half bad thing to give–“I like that I can stand straight when I’m beside you.” Your grandmother has a nice smile–I hope she didn’t always feel like she had to droop to fit into a scene.

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      Thanks for sharing your story. I don’t think she slouched too much after that picture. 🙂

  2. jingsandthings – I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
    jingsandthings says:

    1934 is now history, yet history within touching distance of us. So many changes took place in our world during the 20th century that lives altered dramatically. Your Grandma is pictured beside a car, yes they were around then, but think of all the others things we take for granted today, most of which had never even been fought of then. I remember my grandfather being mesmerised by the first moon landing. Never in all his life had he ever thought such a thing would happen, yet we accept such things as quite normal in our technology driven world.

  3. I have a big box of old photos and sadly no one left to help me figure out who all the people are, Same thing here too, no one else interested enough to care going forward. I’m going to go through it and see what I can decipher. The cookies sound scrumptious! 🖤

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