My grandmother, Emma Virginia Bickerstaff Meinzen, is on the right standing with her mother and sisters. The others, from the left, are Mary Ellen (Mayme) Bickerstaff Morris; Mary Thompson Bickerstaff, her mother; and Cora Bickerstaff. Cora was born in 1911 so I would date this photo to the mid to late 1920s.
The sisters on either side of center are reversed in this photo. My grandmother is on the left, Cora is in the center, and Mary Ellen is on the right. And, of course, their mother is gone. This photo was probably taken in the early 1950s.
There's no escaping time (other than a young death). I don't enjoy what time does to me, but I thoroughly enjoy looking at time's effects on individuals in photographs. I like to see how they change as they grow older. Sometimes one can hardly recognize older folks in younger photographs of themselves. Other times, they look almost the same. Some people seem to grow old so beautifully, outwardly and/or from the changes that happen in the heart. Some folks just get ugly (inside and/or out) as they get older. I think that my grandmother's heart became more beautiful as she aged.
Do you have photographs of ancestors at two different ages? What do you find when you compare the photos? Do you know an ancestor who became more beautiful (or not) as he/she aged?
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