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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Wee Photo Album

This little photo album belonged to my mom, Mary Kerr Krentz. It's just 2" high.

"Dime store snap of Patti at 11 mos. It's not very good. I sent the best ones to Russ."
This is the only photo with any identification on it. I think the identification was
written by my mom's friend Gerry,whose picture is included later in the book.

This is my mom's father, Rosmer P. Kerr, probably in his teens.

On the left is my mom with a friend, circa 1943.
On the right, my dad and mom at the upper left corner,
on a visit to my dad's family in North Dakota.
The date is probably 1946-1948, before I was born.

At left, if I'm not mistaken, is my genie-cousin on my dad's side,
Mary Beth. (If I am mistaken, I'm sure she'll tell me!)
The desperado on the right is me. I look like such a twinkie!
And, although it pains me to borrow lyrics from
a girl with no underpants, I'm not that innocent!
This was probably my kindergarten picture.

At left, Russ and Gerry, my mom's friends.
My mom is the maid (or matron?) of honor.
I don't recognize the best man. Facing page:
I've no idea who the young lady on the right is.

I don't know who this young lady is, either.
As for the modern-day quarter, it's just there to
remind you how tiny this album is!

You'll be seeing one of these pictures again Sunday, in observance of Mother's Day. I'll be sharing some memories that always brought a smile to my mom's face.


A rootdigger said...

I am looking forward to the event, the sharing of the caring, etc. You have some nice photos. That baby is darling.

T.K. said...

Aw, that Patti girl was lucky, she got a hat. The rest of us girls were having some serious bad-hair days! ;-)

Brett Payne said...

What a great little album to have. Presumably it's homemade and designed to fit in a purse, nice and handy? Thankls for sharing it. Regards, Brett

T.K. said...

I don't think homemade, Brett, maybe a dime store thing, or even something that might have been given as a freebie when having film developed... or maybe something you could get as an album to put photo-booth pictures in? It's actually the perfect size for that--it looks like a couple of those pictures actually were from a photo booth.

Nancy said...

I love your little album! What a treasure. I'm impressed with how largge and clear the images appear on my screen. Did you scan or photograph them?

Nancy said...

Sorry - it's me again. I forgot to ask.... Are the photographs in little clear pockets, or is there a coating over them, or ...? Is the spiral metal?

I'm thinking about the large scrapbooks that people make so often these days with one photograph per page and maybe some journaling on the page. Those are great, but sometimes, an album like this is just about perfect. (Except it's too bad about no names on the backs.)

T.K. said...

I scanned them, Nancy. You know, with small pictures, if you scan them at higher resolutions, you can get a pretty good look at them on the computer. For an amazing example, see In Search of the Schulte Line, Part 3.

T.K. said...

Yes, the spiral binding is metal. The pages are not exactly pockets, they are open at both the top and bottom edges with a fold at the side opposite the binding, so you can slip photos in. They're clear, with no paper inserts, so if the book were empty of photos, you could theoretically see through it.

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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