We are having frigid temperatures and snow here in Ohio. I hoped to find some old photographs of family in snow or winter. Of all the photographs in or out of albums, this and one close-up taken at the same time are the only ones I've found. Either no one thought to take photos outside in winter or the camera didn't work.
This is a photo of my sister and me on the front porch of our house on Furnace Street in Mineral Ridge, Ohio. I can guess that the photographer was not my aunt who became a fairly proficient amateur photographer. That leaves either my mother, my father, or my older brother (who would have been about 14 or 15) as the photographer. I almost think you can see the photographer's reflection in the window on the right. Almost....
As are so many of our other family photos, this one is crooked. I posted another of my brother and cousin that was, if possible, more crooked than this. I think these days even amateur photographers are more aware of what they see through the lens of the camera and are concerned about taking good photographs. I included a straightened copy to the right. After straightening it I cropped it but not too much of importance was lost.
The steps to this house were somewhat steep and not very deep. There was no handrail on either side or in the center. Once a lady coming to pick up a watch that my father had repaired (or leaving after picking it up) fell on the steps and broke her wrist. I don't remember if she expected my father to pay the medical bills or not, and I think it was before he would have had insurance to take care of such things.
I had forgotten that the sidewalk at the bottom of the steps was not paved but made of stones laid in a path. And I can't remember now if at the end of the path was another step or two down to the street. Thank goodness for photographs to help us remember so many of those little details that escape our memories.
You can see that the house was a duplex. I remember three of the families who lived there when I was young. Perhaps another time I'll include them in a post.
Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, if you're in the midst of winter, I hope you're enjoying it. Take a winter stroll over to Sepia Saturday and see what photographs other folks are sharing this week. Perhaps you'd like to share one of your own.