Center stage, my grandmother and grandfather, Robert and Emma Meinzen, sit surrounded by their daughters. From left to right are, oldest to youngest, Audrey, Geraldine, "Baby Girl" (of previous posts on this blog), and Polly. I don't know what the occasion was but I think it was rare for all of the sisters (and their families - because the families always came, too) to be in the same place at the same time. They all look very relaxed and I think my grandfather has a particularly satisfied expression on his face. My mom, on the left, seems to be the most casually dressed of the sisters. Polly, on the right - I don't know about that dress! - but she's probably the most dressed up. Grampa's wearing a suit, Gramma's wearing a more casual dress.
I think the photo was taken in the early to mid-1950s. It was taken in the home where I spent my childhood. It's strange to look at it through the distance of years to see what my mind barely remembers. It's easy to remember the stair rail on the right - it was my job to dust it. But the print hanging on the left I last remember in my mother's bedroom. The little framed piece on the right was one of a series of 4, hanging in steps up the wall beside the stairs. The little tv - it was probably our first. Sometime between when this photo was taken and when we sold the house my dad had built boxes to cover the tops of the windows. It seems strange to see the windows without them.
I look at the sisters and parents and try to see the family resemblance but mostly I can't. As the sisters grew older the likenesses seemed more obvious, probably because they approached the age my grandparents were as I remember them. The sisters all seemed to look like the Meinzen side of the family as they grew older.
The photo on the right is a scan of the original. I couldn't get rid of the yellow cast, so I turned it black and white which, I think, looks much better. I guess there are a few details you miss, such as the red lipstick. All of the people in this photo have been subjects of recent posts (too numerous to highlight here) either as children or adults.
If you're interested in looking at photographs through the distance of years, head over to Sepia Saturday and see what other participants are sharing.