These sunny companions are the latest eVintage Greeting Card offered complimentary at my website, Apron Memories. When I first saw this snapshot, I was struck by their pose – so straightforward and without any obvious self-consciousness. Oh, for the days when such summer apparel was worn by everybody and tummy control panels were yet to be a part of the design. This photo is part of the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of black and white snapshots I purchased while traveling through west Texas.
My friend Katherine Frame was with me when I first spied and bought boxes of pictures. She questioned, politely (as is her style), why in the world I’d made such purchases, and my explanation…that I found other people’s albums historically fascinating and their tossed-away status too sad…satisfied her naught.
But later that evening, as she watched me open a hefty bag filled to the brim with pictures, her curiosity snapped to. Ladeling two huge handfuls onto the bedspread, she began to go through her pile of snapshots, and soon enough, we were into Show & Tell mode. What became obvious to us is that what we tend to photograph hasn’t changed.
Within a short time, we had piles of unrelated families and their pictures of Baby Comes Home From the Hospital, Birthday Parties, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Photos of new appliances, new cars, new homes. Vacations. Anniversaries. And pets.
The days and nights here on the High Plains have turned hot hot hot, and relief for me is to quietly sit and sift through other people’s lives.
Tie One on…an apron, of course!