Hiram, Ohio, 1950
Hi everybody! Long time no see. Dad (aka Jimmy, pictured above) got himself a slide scanner for Christmas, so there should be quite a few gems of this caliber going up on the blog in weeks and months to come… hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it now that I’ve taken a bit of a holiday hiatus. Happy 2013, folks!
Charlottesville, Virginia, 1970
This was my dad’s senior year of college at UVA. Mom had finished up her undergrad at Wake Forest earlier in the year and was now working on a master’s degree in Charlottesville. I like how unmistakably seventies Mom’s outfit is, and I find it hilarious how much 1971 Dad looks like my brother.
My parents’ first house in Atlanta, 1975 or 1976
Needless to say, mom and dad didn’t have kids yet.
Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, winter 1949
When my dad was born in 1949, my grandpa was finishing up his Ph.D. and teaching chemistry at Hiram College in Ohio. I guess these are the kinds of things you do with babies when you are an academic/amateur photographer? Awesome. (Please note the kitty patches on the knees of little Jimmy’s overalls.)
Jimmy B. Reeves, May 13, 1934 — September 10, 2012
My mom’s Uncle Chub — my great uncle, and my Grandma Jean‘s only sibling — passed away a week ago yesterday. I was traveling and couldn’t make it to his service on Friday, but I immediately thought of the photo above that I’d come across in my digging and figured I would share it (and others, below) this week in his memory. I’m not sure when or where these were taken, but they are awesome. Rest in peace Uncle Chub, and tell Grandma and Grandpa hello for us.
Elks Lodge, Johnson City, Tennessee, September 1, 1972
Colonial Heights, Kingsport, Tennessee, September 2, 1972
Dad sneaked me a few slides to have scanned in the run up to his and mom’s anniversary — these are some of my favorites from the festivities. Perfection.
…that my parents got married! If you’ve been following along for a while, you might recall that they were debate partners and high school sweethearts. Here’s their prom picture from 1966, my mom’s senior year, to jog your memory:
This weekend my siblings and I threw them an anniversary party, which you’ll read more about in coming days. In preparation for the event I spent a lot of time digging through the basement, scanning photos and hunting for video, and I managed to turn up a reel of super 8 film that my mom’s uncle shot on the day of their wedding. I had it converted, then edited it down (read: removed the really, really dark parts) and made a little movie to show at the party. It’s a bit fuzzy, but it’s a fun watch — especially if you know my family. My mom has, apparently, always been a total ham. Enjoy!
Laura & Jim, September 2, 1972 from Kathleen Poe Ross on Vimeo.
The McDonald’s on Roswell Road near Wieuca, Atlanta, November 1984
My previous post of a photo from this day got such a great response that I felt like I should round out the set of tiny, tubby Kathleen in a full Mickey Mouse sweatsuit (with contrast piping — so hip) making amusing faces. Anyone who has known me for any amount of time knows that the face I’m making in the second photo means I am concentrating VERY HARD on the task at hand — staying upright. Pretty much everyone in my family has a similar version of that face. Variations on a theme (of sticking out one’s tongue to increase focus).
I love the old-school McDonald’s playgrounds. I don’t remember the Grimace cage being quite so scary as it is on this site that documents Playlands of yore, but I do remember quite a few of these playset pieces from back in the day. I’ve definitely recently seen a faded old Chief Big Mac chillin’ in a yard near the Braves stadium — I should go check it out and take pictures.
Castine, Maine, July 2007; Cape Elizabeth, Maine, August 2012
Well folks, what can I say? It’s been a crazy few weeks, with back-to-back long weekends in South Carolina and Maine and a massive deadline at work. But I’m back! (And better than ever? Hmm…)
Since I managed to miss last week old-timey post, here’s a bonus set from a few days later in July 2007 (on our way to South Carolina from Maine):
DeBordieu Colony, Georgetown, South Carolina, 1985
Over the weekend Jon and I drove to the coast of South Carolina for some quality beach time with my extended family. My family has been going to this spot with my dad’s cousins and their kids since 1981. We went every summer in some capacity until people started going to college, and we resumed our trips about seven years later when the youngest of us were nearing the end of college.
Every year we cousins lined up in age order for a group photo. In the above photo, there are cousins from five families — mine, and those of each of my dad’s four cousins we went with. This year we only had four representatives of what is now the middle generation — and only two of us are Poe by blood — so we didn’t even think to take a picture like this. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to take one with the whole gang in it again.