Wednesday, December 9, 2009

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Family Photographs: Post 83 - Randy and Santa

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

This photograph is from the box of loose photographs given me by my mother between 1988 and 2002:

This photograph was probably taken at Marston's Department Store in downtown San Diego where my grandfather worked for 55 years. This photo was probably taken in the 1947 to 1950 time frame. My guess is that my grandfather, Lyle Carringer, took this picture, although my mother may have taken it.

It looks like Santa has a good hold on me - an arm around my waist and a hand holding down my left arm. I was never scared of Santa Claus, so my smile is genuine and anticipatory. Either that, or someone made a funny face at me when the picture was snapped.

I was so surprised to find this photograph in the box of photographs that I scanned earlier this year. I saved it for this week when we talked about Santa Claus in the Advent Calendar of Memories, and the Dear Genea-Santa letters from SNGF and the coming Carnival of Genealogy.