Wednesday, October 27, 2010

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 126: What is Betty Eating?

I'm posting 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.

Here is a photograph from the Carringer/Smith family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This is a picture of my mother, Betty Carringer (born 1919) with her mother Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer sitting on the running board of the family automobile (Model T Ford?) eating what looks like a large slice of watermelon (or similar fruit).  It sure looks like a watermelon, doesn't it?  And she's eaten all of it (or did her mother ate some of it?).  From Betty's size, she appears to be one or two years old, and so this picture was probably taken in 1920 or 1921.
What makes this picture really special is that Betty is grinning from ear to ear - I have very few pictures of my mother smiling or laughing as a child.  Perhaps it was because this is a candid photo - taken without posing them - taken by my grandfather.

Also, I do not have a positive memory of ever noticing this picture before - I scanned it in June during Scanfest as part of a larger batch of pictures and I do not recall the watermelon detail at all - I must have not noticed it!


Gerry said...

That is a perfectly beautiful photo, full of humor and tenderness and the rich possibility of stories. I'm glad you found it, and I'm glad you shared it.

Kerry Scott said...

I love the way Emily is looking at her. You can just see that's a mom who loves her daughter.

Carol Yates Wilkerson said...

I was just going through my own pictures this week and I think I found "new" ones again too. My photographic memory card is too small. :( BTW, it does look like watermelon.