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Old 04-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #41
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remember the days when we thought that getting two copies when photos were developed, was a good thing?
Oh yeah.......always checked off the 2 copies box!

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At age 5 my memories of Egypt are mainly my horror at the dreadful poverty as we walked (and walked and walked and walked) around through the worst and scariest parts of Cairo. I especially remember a little girl my age who was starving (or so I gathered), and wanting to give her a dime, all the money I had. My parents cut me off at the pass on that one since we probably would have been mobbed had I done it.
On my first trips to Ceylon/Sri Lanka encountered a number of deliberately deformed children, (legs/feet bent backwards as infants)......done to make them more effective beggars; the last time I was there, 1985, didn't see one......I guess there are advantages to 'sweatshop' jobs, the pay might be low, but it's more than they had previously.


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We traveled from the US via the QE1, but then proceeded by land and air from there. We eventually flew from Israel through Cyprus to Egypt, because traveling from Israel directly to Egypt was not allowed due to mideast war/tensions.

I'm not sure how my father pulled that one off in Cyprus. I was only 5.
Was hitchhiking in Syria/Iraq/Iran in 1963.....couldn't get into Israel due to border restrictions, (and the Arabs wouldn't let you back into their countries if you did manage to get across)......since we were heading east this was an insurmountable problem.

Finally got to Israel on my first R&R from Saudi in 1982......flew from Saudi to Cyprus, thence to Haifa via ferry.
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I seem to have become the repository for historical family photos dating back to the early 19th century, and everything from then until now. Many of the photos were taken by me at the age shown in the photo (with my Brownie camera) on up, or by my brothers or parents, so I am puzzling over what on earth they are, where they are, and who the people are in them.
In my family, all of those photos have a hand-scribbled label on the back stating "The group of us a week ago last Thursday at the gang hangout"...
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In my family, all of those photos have a hand-scribbled label on the back stating "The group of us a week ago last Thursday at the gang hangout"...
Sounds like mine. "Bee with Ethyl". I know who Bee is, but who's Ethyl? And where in Hades are they, and why? And I have become very inventive in trying to get all the info in the filenames.

"1963 - Bee&EthylJones_NewYork_ferrytoxyz"

30 years from now my daughter will be scratching her head and saying, "Bee who?"

I can't blame the scribblers, though. I did it too. I distinctly remember thinking, "I don't need to say how old Christina is; there is no way I would ever forget that the year I bought her that adorable jumper was the year she turned (7? 9? 10?)".

I am amazed at how many of the scribblings are in pencil. Like, we all thought pencil would be easy to read 40 years later?
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Luckily, I was just a little kid my first time, so all they made me do was eat cold spaghetti blindfolded (and they told me it was worms). I haven't found any photos of that event yet, but here's a photo taken in Egypt in 1954 (the previous year) that shows my mother, me, and the camel driver. We were on our way to Giza, which at the time was only accessible by a long trek via camel.
Your mother was a very beautiful woman.

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Thank you. Yes, she was. She was a sweet person, too. I think of her often.
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+1, I thought she looked so elegant and composed there, in what must have been a hot climate and stifling clothes. And your expression is priceless!
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Sounds like mine. "Bee with Ethyl". I know who Bee is, but who's Ethyl? And where in Hades are they, and why? And I have become very inventive in trying to get all the info in the filenames.

"1963 - Bee&EthylJones_NewYork_ferrytoxyz"

30 years from now my daughter will be scratching her head and saying, "Bee who?"

I can't blame the scribblers, though. I did it too. I distinctly remember thinking, "I don't need to say how old Christina is; there is no way I would ever forget that the year I bought her that adorable jumper was the year she turned (7? 9? 10?)".

I am amazed at how many of the scribblings are in pencil. Like, we all thought pencil would be easy to read 40 years later?
A few years ago, there was an temporary exhibit in the modern wing of the Art Institute in Chicago. It was the back of a bunch of random family photos along a wall. So all you saw was stuff like, 'Bee with Ethyl at the Lake, with junior acting goofy again!', or 'Junior gets a taste of his own medicine!'. It was kinda fun, you had to imagine what the picture looked like (I think they had a few fronts scattered around, to kind of set the tone). Not exactly my idea of 'art', but it was a fun little distraction. I think everyone could relate, and that is a part of art.

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Here's my mom from that same time period -- perhaps 1952?

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Same hairstyle and look, huh?
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Wow, Al, did she do toothpaste commercials? What a whopper of a smile! Such an all-American look.
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This is 1986

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and right now, I am wearing those same glasses frames.

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And I have become very inventive in trying to get all the info in the filenames.

"1963 - Bee&EthylJones_NewYork_ferrytoxyz"
That's a good system, and I use something similar. The trick is to think of what you would search for if you were looking for that photo.
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That's a good system, and I use something similar. The trick is to think of what you would search for if you were looking for that photo.
The hard part is when I don't know the date, but know it is somewhere between 1963-1965, so I have to label it

"1964 - yearuncertain_Bee&EthylJones_NYC_EmpireStateBldg" .

The "yearuncertain" part is so long. But if I don't put in some sort of date, then it is unclear whether it's 1964 or 1974 or 1984.
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A few years ago, there was an temporary exhibit in the modern wing of the Art Institute in Chicago. It was the back of a bunch of random family photos along a wall. So all you saw was stuff like, 'Bee with Ethyl at the Lake, with junior acting goofy again!', or 'Junior gets a taste of his own medicine!'. It was kinda fun, you had to imagine what the picture looked like (I think they had a few fronts scattered around, to kind of set the tone). Not exactly my idea of 'art', but it was a fun little distraction. I think everyone could relate, and that is a part of art.

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Love it! Too bad they didn't show the fronts of the photos, too.
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Al, I love the photos of your family, especially the one of you and your sister (I guess) "driving" the family car. So adorable! And your mother is lovely.
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This is one of me from the Senior Prom, 1968 scanned from a 35mm slide. I was madly in love with Janet, who I last saw in 1969.
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Here's a picture my mom sent me today. It's my Grandmother and her seven sisters.
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Here's a picture my mom sent me today. It's my Grandmother and her seven sisters.
Wow! A lot of girls in that family! How neat that you have this photo.
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Wow! A lot of girls in that family! How neat that you have this photo.
There were a few boys in the family too. With all the pretty girls, there were plenty of gentlemen callers coming to their home in the small town in southwestern Missouri where they all lived.

Grandma is in the bottom row far left. I think she was about 14 when this picture was taken. I looked so much like her when I was the same age. Now...not so much
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Your grandmother was a knock-out! I think she was stunning and probably the prettiest girl in the family. I can see why they had a lot of gentlemen callers, as you mentioned.
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