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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Two women with a story to tell


This is a picture I found in a purse from an estate sale. It was tucked in a zippered pouch. I was attracted to the purse because of its age . It, like the picture seemed to have a story to tell.
The two women contrast greatly. The woman on the right looks so young and sweet, and maybe a little insecure.The woman on the left is much older with a stern expression.
Or could the expression be sheer exhaustion? Worn out and down by a long hard life.
It looks to me, from their clothes the photo was probably taken in the 1920's or 30's.
Back then life was hard in so many ways. Washing clothes on wash board and cooking three meals a day on a wood burning stove.
I see the pain in her eyes too. Maybe from living a life that turned out harder than she ever imagined.
The young one looks like she has so much hope in her pretty face. But she also has a hint of sadness about her. Maybe because she knows what life has in store for her.
But in my imagination, I see her having made it, and having had a happy ever after kind of life.
What do you think?

2 comments:

Sarah and Jack said...

I remember reading somewhere that there was a reason folks were told not to smile for photos way back when, but I can't remember what it was. Ring a bell? Maybe that is why the older woman isn't smiling!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Amy Wagner said...

I love old mystery photos.
Come to my blog and play "Fantasy Family". I make up stories and post them under that category.
I think the people in your photo are named Cora (the older) and Ida. They are estranged relatives that have just found one another again.
Amy

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