Another week in our, “From Here to There,” theme for Sepia Saturday! This week, I thought I’d feature a car and my great grandmother, Olga (Powis) Kitko. The back of this is labelled, “Me & Joe’s Car,” which, from a previous post, helped lead me to identify a photo of my great grandfather as well. That car is featured in a number of photos with either Olga or Olga and a friend sitting in or on it, and it seems to have been quite the prize for Joe to have. I assume this is around 1930, possibly plus or minus about 2 years. Olga is wearing a rather pretty outfit between the shoes and dress and I have to wonder if possibly this was taken to commemorate their wedding. I haven’t yet been able to find a marriage certificate for Olga Powis and Joseph Kitko despite a lot of searching. My suspicion was that they stayed together under a common-law marriage, but now that I sit here and think about this image, it’s entirely possible they did get married out of state or somewhere I didn’t think to look yet. So, I’m left with more questions than when I started this post, but it gives me a few more things to think about!
And I’m thrilled to see that she’s sitting on a “running board” as we all used to call it. I remember how awful it was when cars stopped having them…much harder to step into, but actually they became low-slung, so it was then a matter of how to gracefully fall into them. Actually I was a kid at that time, and jumping onto the seat with my knees was probably my choice!
It seems to happen to me too – a simple photo will inspire me to think, think, and think some more.
I kind of hope the picture is not to commemorate her wedding as she certainly doesn’t look very happy? I’m thinking it looks more like they ran out of gas & he took a picture of her before trekking off to find some more. 🙂
Olga doesn’t exactly look happy here. Perhaps she was preoccupied about what direction life was taking when Joe said, ” Just sit there and I’ll take a shot of you and the car”.