Yet another week of Sepia Saturday on the same theme, “Work and Play,” so for this week, I have a series of photos of my grandfather, Leon Kitko. Leon was born in 1933, so he’s probably somewhere around 2 years old in this photo, or maybe just shy of 2 – he was born in March of 1933, so if this was taken late summer, he’d probably just be walking which looks about right. I’m not quite sure where this fits into the theme, whether it’s work or play since I can’t quite tell what Leon is holding. It may be a brush as if they had set the child to work to wash the car, or a toy, or just a random piece of metal.. it’s hard to tell. The back of the photos say, “L J Kitko on Dad’s Truck,” and I know that truck shows up in a lot of photos, so it’s something his father, Joseph Kitko, was rather proud of. Even if these weren’t labelled, I’d probably be able to tell that was my grandfather just from the child’s face – the eyes and cheeks are features I’d be able to recognize at any age! It’s great to have all three photos taken in succession like this – usually we pick out the best photo and toss the rest – and to have all three together is a real treasure!
Category: Sepia Saturday
Sepia Saturday 343-b
Another one on the “Play” part of our Work and Play theme for this month – a little late, but better late than never, right? I know I posted a class photo from Doede Jaarsma’s technical school before (here), so this is likely the same class on a day trip to one of the islands off the northern coast of Holland. The back of the photo simply says, “Day Trip, Douglas,” so that helps narrow down who at least. In this photo, I believe Douglas (Doede) is in the next to last row, second in from the left, sitting next to the older gentleman who is likely their chaperone or teacher. They’re sitting on what appears to be a beach dune in front of some sort of observation tower or lighthouse, and if I were a betting woman, I’d bet it was the North Tower on Schiermonnikoog because it looks a lot like it, though the extra tower behind the lighthouse is gone now. I actually found another old photo on Flickr showing the tower, so I’m pretty sure I have my location! Doede was born in 1911, so if he’s about 13 in this photo, it was taken in the mid 1920s. Neat to have finally figured out the location, and it’s probably a safe bet that the boys in that photo were enjoying a good bit of play on the beach on their day trip away from school.
EDIT: There’s actually a great image here showing the extra side tower.
Sepia Saturday 343-a
Another edition of our monthly theme starts this week, focusing on, “Work and Play.” We’re allowed a good bit of leeway with the theme and prompt image so, since I have nothing at all in my collection like the prompt photo, I went with “Play” to start and found a good reason to share this silly one of my husband’s grandfather, Douglas (Doede) Jaarsma. The back of the photo says, “Douglas and the Ducks,” and you can see him sitting on a toy spring duck with quite the grin on his face. The photo print date says March 1973, but I’d guess this was taken the previous summer and developed later since the trees are much too leafy for March! I’m not sure of the location either, but it was probably in New Jersey. The photo was taken when he was 62 years old, proving you’re never too old for being a little silly!
Sepia Saturday 342-d
For our final choose-your-own-theme Sepia Saturday under the 342 prompt, I’m selecting this photo to coincide with what would’ve been their anniversary this past week. In this photo are pictured Romayne Louella Greenaway and Leon Joseph Kitko in a photo taken around their wedding date which was 24 August 1963. This was Leon’s second marriage, so while Romayne wasn’t a biological grandma, she was married to Leon long before I was born and she had always been my grandma. I found these photos in a trunk of old photos at their house after they both passed away. From the photographer’s stamp, these were probably proofs, and I know there’s a larger photo that was hand colored in the house. There’s something about this one that I love though – that stifled laugh on Leon’s face is one I remember seeing multiple times and makes me smile even just seeing the photo here now. Short and sweet this week, and even though Romayne and Leon have both passed away, I’m glad to have this great photo to remember them by.