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Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 1967 - Ground Level View


Today's photo was taken just before or just after yesterday's. You can see the man working the garden earth to the right. I still do not know who it is. It could be Poppy, husband of my Auntie Dot, Grampa's sister. 

If you peer up the path towards the woods, you can see Champ watching you from his spot next to the old chicken shed. 

Tomorrow is June and the garden looks beautiful!

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visitwww.reconnectingrelatives.com.

Friday, May 29, 2015

May 1967 - Earlier in May


There is a man turning the dirt for the garden. You can just see him through the tree to the right. Since Grampa is taking the picture, I wonder who is doing the digging. 

The fence pieces that were broken last year are still broken. 

This was when the garden covered the most area. When I was a teenager the area to the back left, just in front of the big cherry tree, was already turned to grass. 

The area in the foreground is mostly dirt. I am pretty sure it's because my uncle was out there frequently hitting and pitching baseballs. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visitwww.reconnectingrelatives.com.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 1966 - Flowering Trees


Flowers! Grampa and Grandma loved them all; plants, bushes and trees. I don't remember this pretty pink tree. 

Grampa took the photo from an upstairs window. It's a theme. He took photos from the back walk and from the upstairs window. Sometimes he took both on the same day to get a different angle of his yard and garden. 

You don't have to go far away from home to find beauty. Grampa found beauty and his own paradise right in his backyard. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 1966 - Pink and White - Pretty Contrast and a World's Fair


The pink flowering tree creates a nice contrast against the white fence and green yard. 

The earliest garden photos I have are from 1965. Perhaps color film, which became more common and more affordable during the 1960s, motivated Grampa to start photographing his yard and gardens more frequently. 

Or perhaps it was the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair where he captured a similar color contrast in a serpentine garden. 

Kodak Pavilion
Photo By Doug Coldwell[1]
My grandparents and my aunt and uncle went to the New York World's Fair in 1965. This aerial photo was most likely taken from an observation deck of one of the World's Fair towers

Color film maker Kodak may have inspired Grampa with its pavilion showcasing a changing series of giant color photographs. I would love to step back in time to walk these fairgrounds. Happily New York has approved funding over the last couple of years to make improvements to the Tent of Tomorrow and the Observation Towers

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visitwww.reconnectingrelatives.com.

[1] Doug Coldwell, "Kodak Pavilion" 1964 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kodak_Pavilion.jpg : accessed 26 May 2015).


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 1966 - Grandma's Smile



I love that Grandma posed with rollers in her hair. I am sure Grampa thought she was just as beautiful with them as without them. You can see the chair where Grampa takes care of his daylilies. 

There appears to be laundry hanging on the line to the right that stretched from the large pole to a second floor window. Grandma would hang her body out the window to peg the clothes to the line. 

Grandma turned 49 on May 5th in 1966. I am the same age that she was in this photograph. I wonder how she felt about turning 50. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard.

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut.

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 1966 - There Were Two


The tree on the left is the magnolia I have loved since childhood. It used to have a friend, the one right behind it. I wonder when it was lost. I can't imagine that Grampa would have pulled it out. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 


Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 


If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 1966 - The Unforgotten Side Yard



The side yard would not be forgotten. The chimney had not yet been built and there was a door entering directly into the living room. You can just see the tail end of an old car whizzing by on the road. Of course, they whizz by quite a bit faster in 2015, almost 50 years later. 

That is THE magnolia tree. It was one of a pair. It still survives today, but it's twin has gone. The poor tree sustained quite a bit of damage in the ice storm a couple of years ago, but it has persevered. 


Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen

Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com.

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 1965 in the Garden - Staging the Scene



Grampa loved a good scene and would arrange photos and movies to appear spontaneous. Here he appears to be whipping my aunt and uncle as they turn the dirt in the garden.

The big clue to the staging is the grin on my uncle's face. I would love to see my aunt's face as I am sure she isn't a happy teenager at the moment. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com