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Sepia Saturday 334

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Only a day late which isn’t too bad for Sepia Saturday given how busy this week was!  Our prompt image this week featured a man jumping over a towel held by two women.  I went with the jumping part of the photo and found these ladies in my stash of family photos.

Going Left to Right, we have…

  • Laura Esther Johnson, born 7 March 1905, died 25 June 2006.  First wife of Harry Oscar “Fritz” Powis, married 12 March 1926.
  • Olga Mary Louise Powis (my great grandmother), born 27 August 1900, died 29 July 1987.  Sister-in-Law to the other girls in the photo.
  • Goldie Patchin, born 19 March 1893, died 13 March 1975.  Wife of Alfred Herbert Powis who died 6 July 1926.
  • Irma Catherine McGarvey, born 2 December 1910, died 4 November 1976.  First wife of Waldo Orvis “Jack” Powis, married 10 April 1926.  I’m pretty sure that’s her – I only have one other photo of her to compare to, but the timing is just right for her to be included in this photo.

The back of the photo reads, “What you can see so much of us bloomers.  Har Ha.”  Then there’s an errant “One” or “On ‘E'” at the bottom – it’s hard to tell which it is.  With two  weddings and a funeral in one year, the family was together often, so I have to imagine this was taken sometime during 1926 or possibly a year before or after.  The smile on Olga’s face is just delightful, and it’s pretty amazing given the cameras of the time that they were able to capture the girls in midair.  The photographer was likely one of Olga’s brothers or possibly a parent.  You can see Olga’s bloomers peeking out of the bottom of her dress, and Goldie’s dress appears to be an olive print which I’m rather smitten with.  It’s just such a joyful photo, and I’m glad the girls stopped to take that photo and that it survived about 90  years at this point!

Sepia Saturday 256: Festivals, floats, feathers, and fair maidens

Another one from great grandma’s personal photo album.  I’d posted about this little album a while ago and the issue that the photos are all glued to black construction paper-like pages.  I had managed to free a few of the photos that were loose already and made a few new discoveries.  Fitting in with the Sepia Saturday this week, I present to you a group of  fair maidens.



On the back is written, “Left to right, Anna Shranko, Goldie Powis, Helen Somerville, Kathleen Troland, and Mary Shranko. The Shranko sisters are from Osceola Mills, PA. Four Budds and one bloom from Williamsport, PA. Taken May 15, 1932”  Junua “Goldie” Powis (nee Patchin) was my great grand uncle’s wife.  Alfred Herbert Powis had died 6 years prior to this photo being taken and they only had one son who died in infancy.  It’s sort of a sweet way to refer to Goldie as a, “bloom,” and the other girls who had never been married as, “budds.”  I haven’t been able to find out much about the other girls, and I think maybe some of the names are spelled wrong.  I did find an entry on the 1930 census that shows Helen, Kathleen, and Mary living in a house together in Williamsport, PA, with them all working a variety of different jobs from machine operator to saleslady and even laborer in a rubber factory.  All the gals are dressed nicely for a lovely late spring day (see the tulips blooming in the foreground?).  Again, I have to wonder who took the photo and took the time to label it as well with a date and all the names.  And that’s that!  Short and sweet this week, and a little late given that things have been  pretty busy at Casa Sheetar.  It’s still Saturday though, so I say it works!