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Friday, November 15, 2013

Sepia Saturday - #203 - 16 November 2013

Life in the big city, or from an idyllic rural setting in an unspoiled country side,  possibly a quaint burg tucked away, or even by a seaside resort, you'll find doorways.

Home Sweet Home.

1903 Mackinac Island, Michigan.
A place where time doesn't exist.
Also, a unique local ordinance, prohibits the use of any motor vehicle on the island.


Still in pursuit of posting from my treasure of family memories,  sprinkled with a dash of a few unknowns.  I'm linking with Sepia Saturday which this week presents, the ever lasting, long running existence of the doorways in our lives.

"A very little key will open a very heavy door." - Charles Dickens

Each doorway, every person, has it's own story.

The photos below are presented from one of my grandmother's albums.

Breezing in.

Blurry, but nonetheless, my dear Daddy.
Also, from that same day, unknown lady in my father's life-

The one that got away!  Can you guess her thoughts?  "I just hope you miss me once I'm gone."
Ah, the one that caught my Daddy!

My mother standing in the doorway of my grandmother's new house being built in Jackson, Michigan.
From the pages, of why bother to write anything down, we'll never forget this lad.

Not exactly sure which male relative this is. Possibly, my father, or one of his cousins.

Yes she was, meet my Grandmother, Ada.


A later picture of my stylish Grandma Ada.


Or, perhaps better described as, my grandmother's friend visiting from the city.  Her name is unknown to me.


A Wedding Anniversary Celebration, brother of my great-grandfather, from my grandma Ada's side of the family.  Her uncle and aunt, pictured by the steps leading to their house, but also trying to include their lovely, hanging flowers and picture window too.

But also a few unknowns.  This is my great-grandfather pictured on the left.  The couple, not listed and I have not a clue, but the boy could be my father, (most surely the same boy from the high chair) so quite possible he's one of my father's cousins.  It would explain the mother and father in the picture. 
Just another reason why we need to label pictures.
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." -  Helen Keller
Why not check out the other Sepia Saturday doorways as well here.
Knock, Knock!
Who's there?
Wanda who?
Wanda door opens, I'll stop da knocking!


Karen S. said...

Knock three times if..... !

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...


I do!

P.S. It's high time I added you to my bloggerroll, Karen. And now I've gotten it done.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for sharing! ♥. Aloha

Joop Zand said...

Very lovelypost Karen....i like these old pictures very much.

Greetings, Joop

JJ said...

How I love Sepia Saturday! Mackinac Island brings back some great memoires. The photos are fantastic. I have so many old photos of my family. I should really post them one of these days.

Kat Mortensen said...

Seriously. Wouldn't it be great if everyone had labelled their photos, but then we wouldn't have the fun of trying to solve all these mysteries, would we?

Your grandmother Ada was a little doll.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Amazing pictures, a treasure to have. And yes, the doorway is very present each time. Oh how I wish to be able to walk into one of those houses; they must have been full of life, but also a bit uncomfortable to us 21st century people.

Mike Brubaker said...

A full house of doorway photos, Karen. I think of this type of snapshot posed in or near a door as a very American genre. I suppose it may be common in other countries, but I think it is a universal photo style for American families.

sage said...

Great family photos!

Anonymous said...

A wonderful collection of doors. I particularly like the first photo.

Jo Featherston said...

Great old doorway photos. If I'm to fit my wedding dress for my 40th wedding anniversary in a couple of months time like the lady in your photo appears to be doing, I'll have to seriously lose quite a few kilos!

Alan Burnett said...

Perfect examples of doorway shots. They really do open a door into family history don't they?

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Wonderful account! Oh, how I wish I had some pictures like that of my family.

Deb Gould said...

Doorways, doorways, doorways -- into houses, of course...but, mostly, doorways into the past! Great collection!

ScotSue said...

A wonderful collection of family in doorways down the generations.

Bob Scotney said...

A series of doors that you never want to close. Great post, Karen

Jackie van Bergen said...

What a huge collection of door photos!
Yes it's sad when photos aren't labelled but probably more sad when the wrong kind of pen is used and the photo deteriorates.

My name is Riet said...

Wow, you have so many old photo's and I love them. They bring back memories.
Have a nice week

Little Nell said...

How lovely that you have shared pictures of your own family this week. I love Daddy and his two lady friends - he clearly made the right choice of the two. The Dickens quote is a good choice too - so apt.

Tattered and Lost said...

A fantastic selection of people in doorways!

Joan said...

A great collection of doorways and family -- and the tour was great too. Thanks.

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

a great array of doorways...we were at Mackinac a couple years ago, an idyllic place, not a good idea to trod barefoot there though with all the horses...:-)

Wendy said...

"The Doorways of Our Lives" -- I love that! (It almost sounds like a Soap Opera though!) And I'm still laughing over "the pages of why bother writing anything down"-- that's my life all day long!! While the girl who got away is a charmer, your mom had that "come hither" look in that photo ~

Boobook said...

Are you saying that Mackinac Island still prohibits vehicles? Wow. That's great. I want to live there.

That's a serious ladder leaning on the wall in the first photo!

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