Sunday, August 31, 2014

Iva Wright Sargent 3

Iva Wright Sargent, still in the stylish (at the time) stage of wearing fox furs as a collar AND a muff.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aunt Iva 2

Here is a summer scene with a dress with many "tucks." No date on the photo, but I would expect before the 1920's when skirts rose to the knees.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aunt Iva 1

This is my mother's older sister, Iva. She moved to California during the 1920's. Whenever I saw her, she was always dressed fashionably. This particular photo was even before my time. I love the bag!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Full View of Car

I found another photo of the car that was posted on another day.  My dad had a car similar to this and he said it was an Overland. I can't tell if this is similar - all those old cars look alike.
Then we entered a time in the 1920's and '30's when the styles were distinctive and each company had a "look" that could be recognized as Pontiac, Buick, Ford, Chrysler, Plymouth, Willys, Essex and lots of European models.
Sadly, we are back to cars that can be called "jelly beans" because they all look alike.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

4th grade 1940 Roosevelt School Hutchinson KS

This is a class! Why they divided the photo by boys and girls
is probably because the group was too big for one shot.
I don't believe they have classes this large today.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fourth grade Lebo KS

Do these children look like they are about eight? The date on the picture might be in error since it  was written "1943." That would have made the boy in the back row, second from the right thirteen years old! My guess is it was 1940. Click to embiggen (word stolen from Mr. Patrick Tillett.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to school - 1912 grade school Halstead KS

My mom is third from the right in the back row, almost hidden by the boy in white. She would have been eight years old, so is that about third or fourth grade?
The frowning boy on the front row has a very interesting shirt. And second from right on the front row, a boy appears to be feeling if his new tooth has appeared yet.

You click the photo to enlarge.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Best

I did not cut the top off of this woman's head. My photo  appears to be a copy and someone else
chopped the top.
Too bad, but at least we get to see the gentleman's shoes. I would guess he might be engaged
in farming.
I have no idea who these people are. It was in my grandmother's photos.
I do think it is a studio portrait from the way they are posed.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Unknown Folks

On the back:  "Taken November  17, 1929 in our yard Just before going for a ride."
This photo was in with my mother's pictures and if she told me who this was, I have forgotten. I have been putting names on the backs of all I have.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hobart Semple

This was before 1928...How do I know? An old boy-friend of my mom and she married my dad in 1928.  I love old cars and the train in the back ground? Was he meeting the train? The shadow of another car on the right? The shadow of the photographer - man or women?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Road Legal?

How could the driver see to drive all the way to Colorado?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This was taken when the hotel was still in Brookville, KS. Now it's located near Abilene. All it serves are family-style fried chicken dinners. Call for reservations! We showed up one Sunday with two starving little boys and found it was all booked. I believe we went to another town and had hamburgers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To Organize or Not?

This was taken a few years ago when I was trying to put some photos "in order."  After a while, I gave up and dumped them in a box. This week-end I began again and was able to empty one box, putting most of the loose ones in an album.

The question now is, what do I do with the photos from my parents time? Photos of persons that are completely unknown to me.

L. says, "Throw them away if you don't know them." But to me, they represent someone's history.

One blog I follow has old, historical pictures that he finds in albums in antique shops. Maybe I should send them to him.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Neighborhood Grocery #7

I thought yesterday was the last little neighborhood shop but this is the first photo I took. I thought I had posted it first. It's closed now but one school boy says he knew it as the "candy store." I imagine that was all that he bought there. It was very close to a grade school.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Neighborhood Grocers #6

And last, but no means least, is the location of one grocery that was torn down. Replaced
by a nice looking garage, this is only two blocks south of the grey bulding in the 1000 block of North Poplar.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Neighborhood Grocers #5

This former neighborhood grocery was in the 1000 block of North Poplar. R. tells me that it seemed a long way from West 14th but when you are a child, any distance more than a block is a long way!

I believe this one is now available to rent for garage sales. I am surprised that these small businesses were able to survive with so many in such a small area. There were doubtless many more in town that I don't know about because they were not near my neighborhood. We still have numerous Quik Shops but the atmosphere is not the same.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Neighborhood Grocers #4

And three blocks south and half a block west of Smitty's was this shop in the 200 block of West 9th street. It's nice these stores have been converted to other uses. This appears to be a residence

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Neighborhood Grocers #3

And Smitty's Market was located four blocks south and three blocks east of Bill's at 1218 North Adams
in Hutchinson. This is where our family story happened about milk going from ten cents a quart to eleven cents.
My mom was in a hurry pick up my dad from work. She grabbed a dime so she could also
pick up a quart of milk. When she laid the dime on the counter, the clerk pulled back the milk.
She shopped there a lot and thought he could have trusted for a penny until the next time she came in.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Neighborhood Grocers #2

Only two blocks west and one block north of the first grocery was this one, known as Bill's.
It is now a frame shop.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Neighborhood Grocers #1

Before the super markets and mega shopping areas came to be, we had small stores all over our little town. 
The first little grocery I was aware of was this one. I remember it as Walden's.
It is located across the street south
of Roosevelt Grade School in Hutchinson, KS. We bought penny candy and bubble gum there.
I don't remember buying any drinks. There was plenty of water inside the school at the water fountains. Now, of course, it is remodeled into a home.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Long Gray Wall

This is the south wall of what was formerly known as KSIR or the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory.  Now it is the Hutchinson Correction Facility.
Many years ago trades were taught to the residents. We had a cedar chest and a porch swing that were built there. Now part of their time is spent in classes to help educate them. Living with and training dogs is another option. From time to time there are mustangs offered for sale that have been socialized.  I'm sure there are many other things that I'm not aware of
When I see this wall, I think of that old song, "If I had the wings of an angel, over these prison walls I would fly."
It is so sad that our society has more people imprisoned per capita than any other country. (That may not be accurate but if it's on the internet, it has to be true!)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Why I Love Portland OR XXX

One of the bridges in Portland. This one looks a little rusty. Not sure which one this is.
And the t-shirt with all eleven and the nickname, Bridgetown.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Why I Love Portland OR XXIX

This stamp was issued when postage was much cheaper! The hotel is beautiful - even without snow.
I found that in the movie, "The Shining," all the interior shots were on a sound stage in Hollywood. The interior is rustic with many wooden carvings.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Why I Love Portland OR XXVIII

 Back view of Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. This was the hotel exterior used in the Jack Nicholson movie,"The Shining."

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Why I Love Portland OR XXVII

Outdoor cafes - with no flies.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Why I Love Portland XXVI

A nearly naked Mt. Hood in 1998.  We rode up on the ski lift. Tricky dismounting for older ladies.
I don't think I would dare try it now but it sure was fun then. The views were amazing, of course.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Why I Like Portland OR XXV

Portland airport in 1998. A Kansas windmill?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Why I like Portland OR XXIV

A blurry photo of the Rose Garden from 1998.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Why I Love Portland OR XXII

My kind of sense of humor.

And just in: 
PORTLAND – Portland was the only U.S. city on a recent list of the world's most liveable cities, as ranked by British magazine Monocle.
Monocle's Quality of Life Survey 2014 ranked 25 cities based on data including crime rates, healthcare, state-funded education, and business climate, along with a “liveability assessment” that considers green space, culture, sunshine, and local businesses, among other factors. 

I knew there was a reason I like Portland!