Vintage Tuesday: Looking Back

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When I look back at 1900s photography it’s always with great fondness and admiration, however it’s a whole another thing to ‘know’ the people in the photos. I’ve never really had a close relationship with my family, especially my grandparents on either side so I really missed out being able to go through their photo albums and in their later years discovering more about them as an adult. The only impression about my grandmother’s side of the family besides knowing they were German famers in Alberta who lived in a mostly Ukraine populated area was the cameo portraits my grandmother had in her room of her great grandparents I believe. I loved look at them so much because they were very striking and regal and very much of a moment of history, that moment before photography became the way we captured ourselves instead of oil on canvas. Much to my delight I was given a few scans of that side of the family, dating from the early 1900s, like the above photo of my grandmother’s grandparents. There aren’t many photos from the war times so the ones below will be from the 1940s to 1950s but I thought I’d show the great photography of my one side of family today.

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My grandmother, who is in most of these photos is a small child with her older sister Trudie and other family members like her parents. Mostly taken in Southern Alberta where they lived.
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I will definitely be sharing some more another time, as I love these. The one of my grandmother and the bear that close is surreal. She always love camping and I can see why now. Let me know in the comments below if you have any great photos to remember your grandparents or great grandparents by.

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Posted by Citizen Erased in Black & White Photography, Film, Vintage Tuesday

4 Responses to Vintage Tuesday: Looking Back

  1. Steph

    Hey Kathryn, I have pictures of our side of your family from days gone by… I can send some to you if you’d like. :)

    • Citizen Erased

      That’s be awesome. I bet you have a nice collection with all your research into the family, you’ve posted a few here and there that were really awesome.

  2. Corbs

    Such an interesting collection.. was besides myself seeing that pic w the standing bear.. Wasnt it Grandma and Dad always saying its so silly (stupid) to stop on the side of the road to feed / ‘play’ with bears?!.. haha.. guess that older generation was just so much more badass, they could handle it?.. hehe..

    I really loved that picture with the old timey cars way out in the mountains. Very surreal. And with them on the horses at the end, it looks so much more natural, everyday kinda stuff, that is totally special and uncommon today..

    Great post, thanks!

    • Citizen Erased

      I think it was Grandma, haha apparently she had her fill of playing with bears when she was young.

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